Ana looking to finish season on a high

Ana looking to finish season on a high

Ana is in relaxed mood ahead of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament Of Champions, which begins in Bali on Thursday. She faces Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her opening match.

"It is hard not to be relaxed here," said Ana, laughing when asked about her mood entering the final event of the WTA Tour calendar.

"The surroundings here are so beautiful, everyone is so laid back and friendly. But at the same time, there are only eight players here, they are all quite highly ranked and it's a different feeling from a regular tournament. In some ways, it's more intense.

"I've practised with a few of the players in the draw, and I'm getting used to the conditions. It's obviously very hot here, and very humid, so actually I am happy that we play indoors. The court is very fast, so it's going to be important that I made a good start, and that my timing is there.

"On a fast indoor court, if you start badly, the match can get away from you very quickly. It's going to be quite an intense match. I've played her a couple of times before so I know what to expect, although she's improved a lot since we last met.

"The last few days have been fun. We've had the draw ceremony, a spa session and a couple of other things as well. Now the off-court stuff is over, I'm looking forward to getting on the court and competing."