The latest news about Ana!

Riske up first in New York Aug 21st 2014

Ana has been drawn to face American world No.44 Alison Riske in the first round of the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday.

Ana and Riske have met once before, with Ana triumphing 7-5, 7-6(2) in Auckland on New Year's Eve 2013.

If she reaches round two, Ana will take on either Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic or Austria's Yvonne Meusburger. 29th seed Casey Dellacqua of Australia is a possible third round opponent.

Ana accepts ALS ice bucket challenge Aug 19th 2014

Ana joined the myriad of celebrities taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a campaign to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig's, a neurodegenerative disease.

Ana was nominated yesterday by fellow WTA player Petra Kvitova. She was given 24 hours to take the challenge, and the 26-year-old showed that she was up to it.

Click here to see Ana get drenched, and find out whom she nominated...

Ana finalises 2014 schedule Aug 19th 2014

Ana has entered the inaugural Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, a Premier 5 event that takes place in China during September 21-27.

The new event has prize money of $2,440,070 and effectively replaces the Tokyo tournament, with Tokyo becoming a smaller event and being staged a week earlier.

Wuhan is the birth city of Chinese world No.3 and two-time Grand Slam champion Na Li.

Ana rises to highest ranking in five years Aug 18th 2014

Ana's run to the Western & Southern Open final last week in Cincinnati means that she has climbed two spots to No.9 in the latest WTA singles rankings, which are published today.

The 26-year-old enjoys her highest ranking since May 2009. More importantly, her climb means that she is guaranteed to be seeded among the top eight at the U.S. Open, which begins in one week. Again, it will be her highest Grand Slam seeding since May 2009.

Ana loses to Serena in Cincy final Aug 17th 2014

Ana was defeated 6-4, 6-1 by world No.1 Serena Williams in the Western & Southern Open final in Cincinnati.

Ana was playing her first Premier level final in five years, just 16 hours after finishing a breathless, epic semi-final against Road To Singapore leader Maria Sharapova.

A letdown in form appeared a real possibility, considering last night's exertions, but Ana began brilliantly. Firing winners off both wings and taking her backhand early, she led 3-1 and had two break points to earn a double-break.

Ana beats Sharapova in Cincy thriller Aug 17th 2014

In one of the most thrilling and wildly fluctuating WTA matches of recent times, Ana beat five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to set-up a Western & Southern Open final against world No.1 Serena Williams.

Ana led 6-2, 5-2 and looked to have blown her chances – indeed Sharapova later missed two match points – before mounting a stunning comeback of her own to conquer the Russian.

Ana eases into semi-finals Aug 16th 2014

Ana set up an intriguing Cincinnati semi-final with current Road To Singapore leader Maria Sharapova. The 26-year-old defeated world No.39 Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Open.

It was a dominant display by Ana, who served intelligently and overwhelmed the Ukrainian with her controlled aggression. She now leads the 19-year-old 5-0 in their head-to-head series, with three wins coming this year.

Ana reaches quarters in Cincy Aug 15th 2014

Ana survived an intense battle against world No.24 Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The 26-year-old was ultra-efficient in the opening set, but had to bounce back from a break down in the decider to eventually prevail 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in one hour and 54 minutes.

Ana made a rather slow start on Court 3. She was broken in the opening game and faced two more break points which would have put a 3-0 lead for the 29-year-old Russian on the scoreboard.

Ana rolls into round three Aug 14th 2014

Ana swept in round three of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over world No.45 Christina McHale.

The first set was somewhat tight, with Ana scoring a pivotal break in the final game. Thereafter, it was a different story: Ana reeled off seven straight games to complete victory.

She served four aces (no double faults) and hit 15 winners and 16 unforced errors.

Ana gets back to winning ways Aug 12th 2014

Ana reached the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a 6-1, 7-5 win over world No.80 Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Encouragingly, she showed no signs of the hip injury that hampered her in her previous two tournaments.

In today’s published WTA rankings, Cirstea suffered a giant fall of 44 spots following her round one exit in Montreal last week, and was also during the match immediately put on the backfoot by Ana, who emerged victorious in 67 minutes.