Ana vs Cirstea in Cincinnati

Ana vs Cirstea in Cincinnati

Ana has been drawn against her best friend, world No.36 Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Ana leads the head-to-head 2-1 against the Romanian, but lost their last meeting, on clay at the Fed Cup earlier this year.

If she reaches round two, Ana will take on either American Christina McHale or a qualifier. Seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard is a potential third round opponent.

In the quarter-finals Ana could play third seed Petra Kvitova, while second seed Simona Halep is a potential adversary in the semi-finals.

The leading seeds in the bottom half of the draw, whom Ana cannot face until the final, are No.1 Serena Williams, No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska, No.6 Angelique Kerber and No.8 Jelena Jankovic.

The tournament marks the last opportunity for players to improve their rankings before the seedings or the U.S. Open are set.

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