Ana vs Kleybanova

Ana vs Kleybanova

Ana and Alisa Kleybanova meet for the fourth time this year on Monday in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. It will be the sixth encounter between the pair since they turned professional.
 
The Russian 21-year-old leads the head-to-head series 3-2, with two of those victories coming this year in convincing fashion. However, Ana won the last meeting in straight sets in Stanford two months ago.

Just as Ana won back-to-back ITF Women’s Circuit tournaments in Japan as a 16-year-old, in Gifu and Fukuoka, Kleybanova has enjoyed some great success in the Asia Pacific region. Five years ago, when aged 16, she won two ITF tournaments in three weeks in Japan, in Makinohara and Sutama.

She has appeared once before at the Ariake Coliseum, losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova in the third round last year.
 
Ana’s best showing in Tokyo is a runner-up finish in 2007, when the tournament was played indoors. She has lost in the opening round at the current venue in the past two years.
 
Adding to the difficulty of the encounter with the current world No.28 is the fact that Kleybanova is in top form, having won this week’s Hansol Korea Open in Seoul for the loss of just one set.
 
The match is scheduled as the fifth of the day on Centre Court, with play starting at 11am local time (4am Central European Time; 10pm Sunday Eastern Time). Click here for live point-by-point scoring from the Ariake Coliseum.