The latest news about Ana!

WTA unveils rule changes Nov 17th 2006

The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this week announced rule changes aimed at reducing the frequency of player withdrawals. Having admitted that injury-enforced pullouts have reached a new high this season, the Tour has moved to eradicate the problem.

Two of the five measures agreed at the Tour’s board meeting in Madrid this week are only applicable to those who have been competing for 12 years or more, or those aged 30 and above. The changes that affect Ana are:

Season review, part two Nov 16th 2006

We take a look back at the second half of Ana’s 2006

Click here for part one

Ana began life with her new coaching team, Australians David Taylor and Scott Byrnes, a week after Wimbledon. Their first training sessions in Switzerland were gruelling, with the teenager exerting herself harder than ever before in the weeks leading up to the American hard court season.

More photos Nov 15th 2006

Part two of our photo bonanza. Today we publish image galleries of Ana's Findomestic Banka press conference, together with some of her best adidas shots from 2006.

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Competion: Win an adidas top signed by Ana.
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Photo bonanza! Nov 15th 2006

Over the next two days we are publishing five new image galleries. Some of the photos you may have seen before, others are brand new.

The galleries published today are Hasselt, Training and Practice and Bruno Bisang. Click here to view them

Competion: Win an adidas top signed by Ana.
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Photo: Stephanie Morel

Rankings and 2007 Tour calendar Nov 13th 2006

The final Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings list of 2006 confirms that Ana finishes the season at No.14, up two places from her year-end position in 2005.

However, that does not do justice to the improvement Ana made this season: by default she dropped from 16 to 21 in the first week of 2006 after the Tour abolished quality points. So in real terms the 19-year-old climbed seven spots during the season.

Ana finished 15th in the Porsche Race, while her season-ending doubles ranking is 52.

Ana and Findomestic Banka Nov 13th 2006

Ana has signed an endorsement deal with Belgrade-based Findomestic Banka. It is part of the BNP Paribas group, one of the largest bank groups in the world comprising outlets in 85 counties and over 110,000 employees.

Ana took part in a photo shoot and press conference to publicise the agreement in Belgrade last week. She said: “I am glad to have the opportunity to cooperate with Finomestic Banka, I have enjoyed the photo shoot very much and I hope people will like the campaign.”

Video diary Nov 12th 2006

Ana has recorded a special video diary to mark the end of the 2006 season. Click here to watch it (opens in your default Divx-enabled media player).

Competion: Win an adidas top signed by Ana.
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Changes made to tentative 2007 schedule Nov 11th 2006

Ana has changed her provisional schedule for 2007. She now plans to play in the Medibank International in Sydney, which begins on 9 January. The other alteration sees Ana again competing in the Ordina Open in 's-Hertogenbosch (beginning June 17), rather than in the Hastings Direct International Championship in Eastbourne during the same week.

The schedule is still provisional and could change again. We will of course keep you informed of any alterations.

New content Nov 9th 2006

It may be the end of the tennis year but there is still plenty of reason to visit Ana’s personal website before the new season begins. We will be updating daily as usual and will shortly undergo a small makeover. Here are some things you can look forward to over the next seven weeks:

- Introduction of a fan forum/board

- Specially edited video highlights of some of Ana’s most memorable matches

- Comprehensive review of Ana’s 2006 season, including exclusive new interviews with Ana and a selection of her best photographs from this year

November competition Nov 7th 2006

Following the success of the October competition, today we are launching a new prize draw to win an adidas top signed by Ana.

Ana has personally autographed a brand new adidas top from their Youth on Court range. It is the same style of garment she wore during tournaments in Linz and Hasselt during the indoor season, and is pictured here.