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Ana will face world No.4 Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the US Open on Wednesday. It will be the fourth meeting between the pair, with the last having occurred in this same tournament in the previous round last year.
On that occasion Williams won with a 6-3 6-4 victory. It meant Williams has triumphed on all three previous occasions they have met, with the other two taking place at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and the US Open in 2006.
The American 16-time Grand Slam champion looks in stunning form off the back of a 6-0 6-0 demolition of Andrea Hlavackova. She also enjoyed a fabulous summer of tennis, winning her fifth Wimbledon title and the Olympic singles gold medal.
Throw in the home support she will receive and Ana is facing a huge challenge. However, she will be ready to take any chance that comes her way.
“She's obviously a great player and she's been playing the best out of all the girls on tour at the moment. Her serve is definitely her strength,” said Ana.
“I really have to be sharp from the first moment and stay aggressive and stay in the moment. I’ll try to enjoy it as well. It will be great opportunity for me.
“I think the goal will be just to try to make as many returns as possible and try to look for opportunities and little windows I might get. That's the only way to try to put pressure on her second serves.”
Ana will be making her first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance since June 2008.
The match is scheduled to take place at 7pm local time (1am Thursday Central European Time).
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By Jonathan Campkin
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