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The organisers of the French Open this week announced that from this year’s tournament onwards, women will receive the same prize money as men. The move, which follows Wimbledon’s recent decision to award equal prize money, means that there is financial parity for men and women at all four Grand Slams.
“I’m happy that they made this decision,” said Ana. “I never liked to complain, because we earn good money for playing tennis, and I am very grateful for this, but now that they changed it I think everyone is very happy. We play hard too.”
Three new off-court images of Ana have been uploaded to the Candid 2007 gallery: two of Ana watching the Partizan-Joventut basketball game in Belgrade, and one with Martina Hingis and James Blake at the Medibank International in Sydney.
Photo: Ana and her strength and conditioning coach Scott Byrnes at the Partizan-Joventut basketball game in Belgrade, February 2007
josefina: Hello Ana. Do you know Monica Seles? Good luck
Ana: I don’t really know her but I have met her before, in Toronto a few years ago. She was a hero for me when I was little, so it felt a little bit strange to meet her!
Bradley: It was nice of you to admit you forgot to sign in for doubles! But isn’t it the job of your manager to sign you in?
Ana lost 6-7, 6-0, 6-3 to Austrian Sybille Bammer in the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open. The left-hander, ranked 46 in the world, produced a superlative performance to end the advance of the No.10 seed.
Ana made a fine start. She won the first seven points and raced into a 3-0 lead. However, from 40-15 ahead in the fourth game she was broken back, and the momentum of the match quickly shifted.
By special arrangement, ATP world No.13 Novak Djokovic kindly agreed to report on Ana's third round match. She beat Alicia Molik 6-2, 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open:
And here she is! The whole stadium is welcoming our beauty with a big standing ovation! Every time there is a new collection of adidas clothes, we are all curious to see how Ana will look in it…of course beautiful! :)
Ana defeated world No.78 Vania King 6-3, 6-0 in just 57 minutes to progress to the third round of the Pacific Life Open.
Having trailed 3-1, Ana produced a regal performance to brush aside the 18-year-old American. The second half of the match was a fiesta of fabulous forehands by the world No.14.
Ana filmed her latest video diary on Thursday evening. Right-click here and select "Save Target As" to download it, or left-click to load it in your default media player. You need the Divx codec to play the file. It can be http://download.divx.com/divx/DivXInstaller.exe " > downloaded here.
Photo: Ugo Zamborlini for Gazzetta dello Sport Sportweek
Ana has been drawn to face either world No.78 Vania King or qualifier Katerina Bondarenko in the second round of the Pacific Life Open, which begins on Wednesday. She is seeded tenth so receives a first round bye.
Ana beat King 6-2, 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open in January in the pair’s only meeting to date. She lost to Bondarenko in the junior Wimbledon final three years ago. The second round match is set to take place on Saturday.
Ana is unchanged at No.14 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles rankings, which are published today. Barring any withdrawals, she will be seeded 10th for this week’s Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.
The 19-year-old slips one place to No.9 in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships. Her doubles ranking is 74.
At the top of the rankings, Justine Henin’s victory in Doha last week sees her close the gap on Maria Sharapova to just 33 points.
Current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles top 20:
1 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 3,824pts