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Updated: Evening start for Ana and Novak Jan 23rd 2006

Ana and Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open mixed doubles second round match has been scheduled as the fifth match on Court Two tomorrow (Tuesday). Their showdown with sixth seeds Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva is expected to begin sometime after 4.30pm local time (6.30am Central European Time).

It follows two Legends mixed doubles ties, a boys’ singles and another mixed doubles match on an arena that holds 3,000 spectators. There are no seats reserved on Court Two; all visitors with ground passes can gain admission.

Mixed doubles win for Ana Jan 22nd 2006

Ana was back to her best – or at least something near it – as she and fellow Serb Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Australian Open mixed doubles. They beat Russians Igor Andreev and Maria Kirilenko 6-7, 6-2, 10-4 in an entertaining encounter.

Heat delays Ana Jan 22nd 2006

Searing heat at Melbourne Park has caused Ana's first round mixed doubles match with Novak Djokovic to be heavily delayed. The tournament's Extreme Heat Policy, which prevents matches from starting on the outside courts if the temperature is deemed by the tournament office to be excessive, came into effect at 10.23am local time.

Initially scheduled for third match of the day on Margaret Court Arena, Ana's match against the Russian pairing of Igor Andreev and Maria Kirilenko was later changed to second match on MCA.

Mixed doubles next for Ana Jan 20th 2006

Ana has the consolation of a Mixed Doubles match, alongside Novak Djokovic, to look forward to after losing to Samantha Stosur in the Second Round of the Australian Open. Ana and Novak have been handed a wildcard and will play their First Round match on Sunday.

The teenage Serbians will face another young pairing, Russians Igor Andreev and Maria Kirilenko. The average age of the four players is just 19-and-a-half years, making Sunday's encounter one of the youngest Grand Slam Mixed Doubles matches of recent years.

Stosur stops Ana in Second Round Jan 19th 2006

Teenagers do love their sleep. The 11am start appeared to do Ana no favours as she failed to produce her best tennis on her way to a 6-3, 7-5 defeat to home favourite Samantha Stosur.

“She’s a terrific player,” said Ana. “She always plays well here and she played really good today. She didn’t give me time to get into a rhythm. I made way too many mistakes and my serve didn’t work at all.”

Centre Court appearance for Ana Jan 18th 2006

Ana’s Australian Open Second Round match against Samantha Stosur has been scheduled as the first match on Rod Laver Arena tomorrow at 11am local time (1am Central European Time). It will be Ana’s second appearance on RLA after she lost to Amelie Mauresmo on the same court in the Third Round last year.

As ever, check this site shortly after the match is completed for an exclusive report and interview with Ana.

Ana to face Stosur in Round Two Jan 18th 2006

Samantha Stosur, a 21-year-old Australian, stands between Ana and a place in the third round of the Australian Open. Ana has never played Stosur before but is wary of the threat she will pose tomorrow.

“She’s a great player,” said Ana. “She’s doing very well in Australia. She’s on a home court and it will be a very hard match.

“She has a very good serve, she comes to the net a lot. I just want to improve my game. I want to serve better and move better and put her under pressure.”

Ana moves into Round Two Jan 17th 2006

Vintage Ana it was not, but the 21st seed is safely through to the second round of the Australian Open. In a mixed bag of a performance Ana won 6-4, 6-4 to set up a meeting with home favourite Samantha Stosur.

“It was actually pretty hard to play,” said Ana. “The first match is always very, very hard. Usually you start a little bit nervous. And she’s a great player. She didn’t give me much rhythm.”

Lunchtime start for Ana Jan 16th 2006

Ana’s first round Australian Open clash with Shenay Perry has been scheduled as the second match on Show Court Three tomorrow (Tuesday). It follows the men’s singles match between Luis Horna and Gael Monfils and is expected to start sometime after 1pm local time (3am Central European Time).

Ana stars in new Whirlpool ad campaign Jan 16th 2006

Ana was one of six Sony Ericsson WTA Tour players to take time out from their Australian Open preparations to star in a new advertising campaign for sponsors Whirlpool.

Whirlpool, premier sponsor of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, are using the players for a pan-European print advertising campaign to promote the innovative, award-winning Prêt-à-porter. Launched in 2005, Prêt-à-porter is “an appliance that refreshes and revitalises clothes in minutes thanks to the gentle power of steam.”