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Ana takes on world No.35 Francesca Schiavone in the second rubber of Serbia’s Hyundai Hopman Cup tie against Italy on Monday. It will be the fifth meeting between the pair, with Ana leading the head-to-head series 4-0.
"Starting the season against a Grand Slam champion and former top 10 player is very tough", said Ana. "It's a big challenge and I'm looking forward to it. Playing in Perth is always very enjoyable, and I can't wait to experience the new Perth Arena."
Prior to Ana’s opening match of the new season, ATP world No.1 Novak Djokovic takes on Italy’s Andreas Seppi. Djokovic will be overwhelming favourite to defeat the world No.23; if he does so, Ana could clinch victory for Serbia, before the third and final mixed doubles rubber.
Djokovic versus Seppi is scheduled to begin at 10am local time (3am Central European Time; 9pm Sunday Eastern Time), with Ana-Schiavone taking place immediately after.