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Ana eased to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Severine Bremond in the second round of the Pacific Life Open. The 18-year-old had too much firepower for the world No.119 and triumphed in 66 minutes.
Ana broke in the fourth and sixth games of the first set and in the first, fifth and seventh games of the second set. Though she was twice broken herself, an impressive first serve percentage of 71 helped Ana ease to victory.
A frustrating Saturday at the Pacific Life Open saw Ana's opening match, against Frenchwoman Severine Bremond, suspended overnight due to inclement weather in the desert.
Sunday's Order of Play sees the tie rescheduled as the second match on Court 3. It is due to follow the men's singles match between Filippo Volandri and Mardy Fish which, provided there are no further rain delays, will begin at 10am local time (7pm CET).
Severine Bremond took just 67 minutes to oust Zuzana Ondraskova and clinch a second round meeting with Ana. The match is due to take place tomorrow (Saturday).
The Frenchwoman, who was known as Beltrame before she married her coach, Eric Bremond, last September, triumphed 6-2, 6-2 over the Czech player. The win is her first victory on the Main Tour in 2006, having lost in the first round of the Australian Open and Paris and in qualifying in Antwerp.
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The draw for the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells has been made. Ana, who is seeded No.8 thanks to the late withdrawals of Mary Pierce and Nicole Vaidisova, will play either Czech Zuzana Ondraskova or Frenchwoman Severine Bremond in her opening match.
The 96-player draw means that all of the 32 seeded players receive a bye into the second round. Should Ana win her round two match she is seeded to meet American No.29 seed Amy Frazier.
Ana has moved down two places to No.19 in the latest Official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings. Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Flavia Pennetta, who were finalists in last week’s Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco, have overtaken her.
In the Porsche Race, the rankings that are used to determine the eight qualifiers for the season-ending WTA Championships, Ana, who has been inactive for the past two weeks, moves down two places to No.30. Her doubles ranking slips one position to No.95.
“I’m really sorry that we finished the Australian Open with a loss because I thought we could go on to the end,” says Novak Djokovic. “I think we had the quality to win the tournament.”
That Novak, who alongside Ana was making his debut in a Grand Slam mixed doubles event in Melbourne in January, harboured ambitions to win the tournament illustrates the supreme desire, competitiveness and self-belief that this 18-year-old Serbian possesses. He is equally positive about Ana’s singles credentials. “She has the potential to be one of the greatest players in women’s tennis,” he says.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has nominated Ana as one of the Most Improved Players of 2005. Ana is shortlisted alongside Anna Chakvetadze, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Maria Kirilenko and Nicole Vaidisova for the award, the winner of which will be announced during the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami next month.
Fans are invited to vote in this category and several others in the annual awards. To make your selections go to:
There is no change in Ana’s position in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings. She remains at No.17, one place off her career-best position.
In the Porsche Race, which is used to determine qualifiers for the season-ending WTA Championships, Ana drops three places to No.28: at this early stage in the season even one week of inactivity – Ana was not in action last week – is likely to see a player overtaken by those who did compete. Conversely, Ana’s doubles ranking rises by one place to No.94.
In 1991 two four-year-old children met at a ski resort in the former Yugoslavia. Neither had held a racket before, much less set foot on a tennis court. Fourteen years later they made their Grand Slam mixed doubles debut together and both are currently ranked in the world’s top 75. Ana and Novak Djokovic have remained close friends to this day.