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Ana celebrated qualifying for the WTA Finals in Singapore by beating world No.25 Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 7-5 at the China Open. Her scheduled quarter-final opponent, Simona Halep, has withdrawn from the tournament, giving Ana a walkover into Saturday's semi-finals.
Moments after Ana took to the court, her qualification for Singapore was confirmed when Germany's Angelique Kerber, currently ninth in the standings, lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Ana reached third round of the China Open in Beijing following a 6-4, 6-2 victory against world No. 149 Romina Oprandi from Switzerland. The match will never be considered for a quality award - it featured 13 breaks of serve and unforced errors aplenty - but Ana moves one step closer to the WTA Finals in Singapore.
It was a chilly afternoon in Beijing and both players came out of the locker room wearing long-sleeved shirts. Unfortunately for the spectators, the match did little to increase the temperature on the Moon Court.
Ana produced an impressive display of power tennis as she overwhelmed world No.34 Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the China Open in Beijing.
Ana takes on world No.33 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the first round of the China Open on Monday. It will be the first meeting between the pair.
17-year-old Bencic has risen an incredible 175 places in the rankings so far this season, and looks set to be seeded at the Australian Open in January.
She has beaten the likes of Angelique Kerber, Jelena Jankovic and Sara Errani during 2014 and is currently enjoying her career-best ranking. She was a quarter-finalist at the US Open and reached the Charleston semi-finals in April.
Ana has been drawn to play a qualifier in the first round of the China Open, which begins on Saturday. Ana is seeded ninth at the $5,427,105 event and has missed out on a seeding and bye by one spot.
In round two Ana could face either compatriot Bojana Jovanovski or Switzerland's Romina Oprandi. Eighth seed Eugenie Bouchard is a possible third round opponent.
After suffering a thigh injury at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Monday, Ana was advised to rest for a few days.
She spent Wednesday sightseeing in Beijing, visiting the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace.
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Ana's sensational victory in last week's Toray Pan Pacific Open means that she is now up to 5th in the Road To Singapore, the rankings based on 2014 results only.
Ana is unchanged at 10th in the official WTA rankings, which is explained by the fact that those above her have significant points to defend between now and the end of the year.
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Ana was forced to retire due to a left thigh injury in the opening round of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in China.
Ana overpowered world No.9 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6(2) in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Ana did not drop a set in any of her four matches this week, and defeated players ranked 25th, 15th, 8th and 9th.
The victory marks Ana's fourth tournament win of the season and will see her rise to No.6 in the Road To Singapore tomorrow.
Ana recovered from a 40-15 deficit in the opening game and broke the Dane before moving 2-0 ahead. Wozniacki broke back and levelled at 2-2, before Ana went on an incredible run.
Ana surged into her sixth final of 2014 with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over world No.8 Angelique at the Toray Pan Pacific Open. In advancing to her second Tokyo final, Ana recorded her WTA-high 51st win of the season.
It was an indifferent start from Ana, with unforced errors flowing from her racket in the opening games. She was broken in the first game and later trailed 5-3: Kerber was the more consistent player.
By this point the match had already been twice interrupted by rain, the second intermission lasting around 40 minutes as the roof was closed.