Ana enters Sydney

Ana enters Sydney

 
Ana has entered the Apia International, a $618,000 Premier tournament that takes place in Sydney one week before the 2012 Australian Open.
 
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to go back there. It is one of my favourite events and I just love Sydney,” said Ana, who will return to Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in January for the first time since 2008.
 
“I had a great result there in 2008 when I reached the semi-finals, so hopefully I can go a few steps further in 2012 and win the Apia International Sydney title.
 
“I think the fans there in Sydney are very enthusiastic and there is always a lot of Serbian fans who always cheer very loud for me, which is great.
 
“The field there is very strong and there are tough matches every round, which is exactly what you want heading into a Grand Slam event.”
 
Apia International Sydney Tournament Director Craig Watson said he was looking forward to welcoming Ana back to the harbour city in the New Year.
 
“Ana has a lot of fans here and she is always very popular, so we are delighted that she will be finalising her Australian Open preparations here at the Apia International Sydney, he said.
 
“There is a very strong Serbian community here in Sydney so I know she will have a lot of support when she takes to Ken Rosewall Arena.
 
“Ana is the fourth Grand Slam champion to commit to our event, along with Sam Stosur, Li Na and Lleyton Hewitt so 2012 is shaping up to be another fantastic year for the Apia International Sydney.”
 
The men's and women's combined tournament runs during 8-14 January.