The latest news about Ana!

Charleston and new off-court photos Apr 14th 2007

Images of Ana in action at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston are now in the Gallery.

The Candid 2007 album has also been updated with some new off-court shots.

Ask Ana #48 Apr 13th 2007

michael, sydney: Hi Ana, Have you ever been to a football/soccer game before? As in a European match and if so what one? I think you are heaps hot and an awesome tennis player, good luck for the rest of the year. Make me proud haha!
Ana: Thanks for this compliment! I went to a match two years ago when I was playing in Rome. It was Rome against Milan. It was a crazy atmosphere!

Marko: Hello Anči. I'd like to know if you've watched The bodyguard movie. If yes, how do you fancy it? Best wishes from Marko

Zvonareva ends Family Circle Cup hopes Apr 13th 2007

Ana was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by ninth seed Vera Zvonareva in the third round of the Family Circle Cup.

Ana was broken in the opening game but hit back immediately, winning four straight points on the 22-year-old's serve to level.

Another break ensued, meaning that the first three games all went against serve, until Zvonareva held to lead 3-1.

Ana missed a break point oppportunity in the sixth game and was broken for a second time as she served to stay in the opening set.

March competition winner Apr 12th 2007

Nikola Sutic from Serbia is the latest winner of the monthly competition. He correctly named Tatiana Golovin as the player Ana had defeated more times than any other on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour by the end of February.

Congratulations to Nikola, he wins an adidas shirt signed by Ana.

The April competition will be launched shortly.

Ana advances to round three Apr 11th 2007

Ana reached the third round of the Family Circle Cup with a 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 win over world No.53 Gisela Dulko. She beat the Argentine in two hours and 18 minutes to set up a clash with ninth seed Vera Zvonareva.

The 19-year-old faced three break points in the opening game of the match. After saving them all she then powered through the set, breaking Dulko three times out of three. It was the third 'bagel' set Ana has won this year.

Amelia Island photos Apr 9th 2007

Images of Ana in action at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island are now in the Gallery.

Ana's rankings are unchanged this week. She is 17th in singles, 88th in doubles and 14th in the Race. However, her semi-final placing in Amelia Island last week means that she is now within striking distance of those above her.

Photo: Manuela Davies / doubleXposure.com

Charleston seeds guide Apr 8th 2007

On the eve of the Family Circle Cup, the year’s first Tier I event on clay, we profile the 16 seeds. Please note that any opinions expressed here are entirely those of the author and independent of Ana.

1. Nicole Vaidisova

Family Circle Cup draw Apr 8th 2007

Ana will play Argentine Gisela or a qualifier/lucky loser in the second round of the Family Circle Cup, a Tier I event that begins on Monday. She is seeded seventh and receives a first round bye.

No.9 Vera Zvonareva is Ana's seeded third round opponent in what is a very tricky draw. Top seed Nicole Vaidisova could await in the quarter-finals.

The leading players in the opposite half of the draw to Ana are No.2 seed Jelena Jankovic, whom she defeated this week in Amelia Island, and No.3 seed Serena Williams, who has won her last 13 matches.

Updated: Golovin ends Amelia adventure Apr 8th 2007

Ana lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to eighth seed Tatiana Golovin in the semi-finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships. It was a match of missed opportunities for the 19-year-old, who could convert only five out of 21 break points during the two hour, 19-minute match.

During the opening nine games, which all went with serve, it became clear that the match was all about Ana. Golovin set herself up to defend; she waited for Ana's errors. The sixth seed was hitting the ball well off the ground, but the slow clay court made it difficult to produce winners.

Updated: Ana overcomes Jankovic Apr 6th 2007

Ana scored an impressive 7-5, 6-3 win over second seed Jelena Jankovic to reach the semi-finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships. It was a gritty display from the teenager, who triumphed in an hour and 28 minutes.

The first six games of the match went with serve. The seventh was an epic and saw Jankovic draw first blood as she broke to lead 4-3.

Ana broke back immediately. A further exchange of breaks followed before Ana edged to 6-5 with an ace. She took the set on her third set point by breaking the No.2 seed.