Ana wins Most Improved Player award!

Ana wins Most Improved Player award!

Ana was named the Most Improved Player of 2005 at “Stars For Stars”, the Official Awards Party of Professional Tennis. The 18-year-old beat fellow youngsters Anna Chakvetadze, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Maria Kirilenko and Nicole Vaidisova to the prestigious accolade during a glittering ceremony in Miami last night.

"Wow!" said Ana. "I am very, very grateful for this honour. Thank you so much for this award. I am working hard and I hope I can continue improving."

The award is testament to an extremely successful year for Ana, during which she climbed 81 places in the rankings to end 2005 at No.16. It was the biggest leap of any player within the top 100.

Other highlights of Ana’s first full season on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour included her maiden professional title at the Richard Luton Properties Canberra Women’s Classic, a quarter-final appearance in the French Open, where she toppled third seed Amelie Mauresmo, and a semi-final showing at the Swisscom Challenge, a Tier I event in Zurich. Her win-loss record of 40-14 (74 per cent, including qualification) was the 12th best on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

Other winners at the star-studded event included Kim Clijsters (Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship award and Fans’ Favourite) and Roger Federer (Player of the Year and Fans’ Favourite Award Presented by Ricoh).

Full results and selected broadband footage of the annual event, including red carpet entrances and post-event interviews, can be viewed by clicking here.

Ana will tell us all about the evening in her next diary entry.