The latest news about Ana!

American television appearance Aug 25th 2006

Ana will appear on ESPN’s popular Cold Pizza programme tomorrow (Friday).

According to ESPN, Cold Pizza “combines a unique blend of sports, pop culture and lifestyle features”. The programme is subtitled “The Morning Show with Everything”.

The show will feature an exclusive interview with Ana and a serving demonstration, in which she will attempt to ace ESPN interviewer Josh Elliott.

Ana warms to Hawk-Eye Aug 24th 2006

After initial concerns about it being a distraction, Ana has fully embraced Hawk-Eye, the automatic line-calling system that was present at all US Open Series tournaments and will make its Grand Slam debut at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

“I find it very useful,” said Ana. “Even if you are wrong, it is a good feeling to know that the ball was definitely in or out.”

Updated: Dushevina in round one Aug 23rd 2006

Ana has been drawn against world No.71 Vera Dushevina in the first round of the US Open, which begins on Monday. Ana is the No.16 seed for the year’s final Grand Slam tournament.

It will be the pair’s second meeting in under a month and their fourth overall. Ana beat the Russian 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles three weeks ago.

Hingis: “There’s not much you can do” Aug 23rd 2006

Former world No.1 Martina Hingis was full of praise for Ana after being beaten 6-2, 6-3 by the 18-year-old in the final of the Rogers Cup.

“There’s not much you can do,” she said about playing Ana when she is on top form. “I felt like I was hitting some pretty good shots, decent shots to keep the rallies with her. But when you lose those points, you’re like, ‘Okay, what can I do, what more, what next?’ Some points in the second set I felt like I started reading her game better, I started playing better, but it was a little late.”

Updated: Ana up to No.17 Aug 22nd 2006

With her Rogers Cup victory in Montreal yesterday, which is worth 300 points, Ana moves up two places to No.17 in the new Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings. Consequently, she will be seeded in the top 16 for next week’s US Open. Standings that determine the eight qualifiers for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid (All players begin the year on ‘0’ and Ana now has 912pts), which sees her reside in 13th place, up six places from last week.

More reaction from Ana Aug 22nd 2006

Though Ana’s confidence is at an all-time high after her crushing
" >6-2, 6-3 triumph over Martina Hingis in the final of the Rogers Cup, she is putting no pressure on herself ahead of next week’s US Open.

Ana expresses her delight Aug 22nd 2006

Ana spoke of her joy after
" >thrashing Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rogers Cup

“From the first game I let her know I was going to be aggressive,” said Ana. “It was important to stay calm and just play some good tennis.

“I’m just happy to do it right now and I’m really, really happy and excited.

“I just knew what I had to do to beat her. I had to play my game. I just want to try and keep the same level now and see how far I can go.”

Fabulous Ana storms to title Aug 21st 2006

Ana captured her second career title – and her first at Tier I level – by thrashing former world No.1 Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rogers Cup.

Ana, clad in an attractive light orange adidas top and black skirt, played a peach of a match. She completely overwhelmed the world No.13 in a 59-minute display of relentless power.

With this victory, undoubtedly the greatest accomplishment of her career so far, Ana wins the US Open series, which effectively means that she was the best player during the pre-US Open American hard court season.

Hingis wary of Ana threat Aug 21st 2006

Former world No.1 Martina Hingis, Ana’s opponent in today’s Rogers Cup final, is not underestimating the 18-year-old.

“She’s a very good player, very high potential,” said Hingis, who has never before played Ana. “She’s definitely impressed this week.

“You can see she’s training really hard. She has the fitness and a new coach and it must be working for her.”

Final set for Monday Aug 21st 2006

Rain has caused Ana's Rogers Cup final against Martina Hingis to be postponed until Monday.

Ana's first ever Tier I final will begin at 2pm local time (8pm Central European Time).

Earlier on Sunday Ana
" >beat Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-4 to reach her first ever Tier I final. She won the last five games of the match, having trailed 4-1 in the second set.