Ana looks forward to Safina test

Ana looks forward to Safina test

Ana takes on ninth seed Dinara Safina in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup tonight. The match is scheduled to take place on the Court Central at 7pm local time (1am Sunday Central European Time). It will be screened live on Eurosport 2.

Ana is appearing in the last four of a singles competition for the first time this year. Playing in only her third tournament since beginning work with coach David Taylor, Ana meets Safina for the second time in two months: she beat the Russian
" >3-6, 7-6, 6-1 in the fourth round of Wimbledon

It was one of Ana’s most satisfying wins of 2006, because she trailed 6-3, 4-2 and looked destined to lose before a stirring comeback. In their other meeting, 20-year-old Safina triumphed 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the clay court event in Berlin last year.

“It’s definitely going to be a very tough match,” said Ana as she looked forward to today’s clash. “She’s a great player, also young and upcoming. We played already twice and it was really hard, but I feel confident and I just want to try and play the best I can and see how it goes. I’m definitely going to enjoy my time out there.”

Just as she had done after her win over the Russian at the Championships, Ana thanked the crowd for their support during her 6-4, 6-4 victory over Katarina Srebotnik yesterday “I enjoyed so much the crowd,” she said.

“It’s great and it’s just a very nice place to be. Playing semi-finals here, it’s a great feeling for me.”

Should she overcome Safina, who reached the semi-finals by thrashing Nicole Pratt 6-1, 6-0, Ana will face either Martina Hingis or Anna Chakvetadze in tomorrow’s final.

Meanwhile, Ana continues to choose not to nominate Taylor as an on-court coach, which she is allowed to do according to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s experiment with on-court coaching this week. Both Ana and Taylor
" >are opposed to the concept of on-court coaching

Like her first round opponent Tatiana Golovin, Srebotnik did not nominate a coach either, while Jie Zheng, whom Ana beat in the second round, called for her coach just once – at the end of the second set.

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By Gavin Versi