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Ana was thoroughly disappointed after losing losing 6-1, 6-2 to world No.24 Vera Zvonareva in the third round of the Australian Open, but she was quick to praise her opponent, who ruthlessly seized on the 19-year-old’s errant hitting.
“It was just a bad day,” said Ana. “Everything I tried didn’t work. It is very disappointing, but I have to give her credit. She played very good and served really well.”
Ana produced one of the most erratic performances of her short career as she lost 6-1, 6-2 to world No.24 Vera Zvonareva in the third round of the Australian Open. It was a match Ana will want to forget as she failed to show anything like her usual form.
Ana made a nervous start, winning just two points in the opening two games. Conversely, former world No.9 Zvonareva looked close to the top of her game. She was a model of consistency and capitalised fully on Ana’s lack of timing.
Ana’s Australian Open third round match against world No.24 Vera Zvonareva has been moved to Rod Laver Arena. Persistent weather has caused the start of play on the outside courts to be delayed by over five hours, but Ana's match has now been moved from Margaret Court Arena to the covered stadium court and is due to begin shortly.
The match will be the pair’s second meeting after Ana beat the Russian 6-2, 6-4 in Warsaw two years ago.
Ana reached the third round of the Australian Open by beating world No.59 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Amid scorching hot conditions on Margaret Court Arena Ana hit 38 winners as she dominated her opponent for large parts of the match.
“It was tough conditions again,” said Ana. “This morning when I practiced, it was pretty cool. When I went out there, it decided to be really warm. The balls were flying. It was much quicker.
Ana filmed an exclusive interview shortly after beating Vania King 6-2, 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open.
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Ana was buoyed by her display in the first round of the Australian Open. She hit 29 winners and five aces as she stormed past world No.58 Vania King, winning 6-2, 6-0 in 56 minutes.
“I’m really happy the way I played today,” said Ana. “At the start of the match my serve wasn’t so good but it really improved in the second and I even hit an ace on my second serve!”
“I think the first match is always tough, that’s for sure, but I’m really happy I could focus on what I have to do, and do what I was doing in practice, like moving forward a lot. I was really pleased with that.
On a scorching Melbourne morning, Ana got her 2007 Australian Open quest off to a sizzling start by vanquishing world No.58 Vania King 6-2 6-0. Ana hit no fewer than 29 winners – an average of 2.07 per game – as she wrapped up victory in just 56 minutes.
With temperatures passing 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it was the American who felt the heat immediately as Ana crushed a forehand winner on the opening point. King then double-faulted twice to give Ana an early break.
Viewers in Australia can look out for an interview with Ana on Channel 7, who are the host broadcasters of the Australian Open. Ana filmed the feature before and after practice today, talking about her connection with Australia and how she is feeling going into the year's first Grand Slam. Her coach David Taylor also spoke with the television station for the feature that was screened on Monday evening and is expected to be repeated before her first round match against Vania King on Tuesday.
Ana's singles ranking remains unchanged at No.14 in the latest list, published by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour today. Her appearance in the Medibank International quarter-finals in Sydney last week has enabled her to climb to No.8 in the Porsche Race, the standings that determine the eight qualifiers for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid.
Photos from Ana's practice session at Melbourne Park yesterday are now in the gallery. Click here to view them.
Ana gave an exclusive interview with Tennis.com, detailing what she likes most about Melbourne and the Australian Open.
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