The latest news about Ana!

Ana defeated by Dementieva Jun 22nd 2006

Ana lost 7-6, 6-4 to top seed Elena Dementieva in the quarter-finals of the Ordina Open.

It is Ana's last singles match before Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.

Ana seeded 20th for Wimbledon Jun 22nd 2006

Ana is seeded No.20 for the 2006 Championships. She is scheduled to face a player seeded between nine and 16 in the third round.

Ana’s seeding is two positions above her world ranking due to the injury-enforced withdrawals of Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce.

The All England Club uses a subjective seeding policy and has elevated reigning champion Venus Williams from her world ranking of 12 to a seeding of seventh. However, that is the only change: the 32 seeds otherwise follow the current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings.

Ana into quarter-finals Jun 21st 2006

Ana is through to the quarter-finals of the Ordina Open after beating world No.50 Iveta Benesova 6-3, 7-5.

She will play top seed Elena Dementieva in the last eight tomorrow. The Russian beat Elena Vesnina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. It will be the second meeting between the pair: Dementieva beat Ana 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a highly entertaining quarter-final at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells in March of this year.

Another doubles win Jun 20th 2006

Ana and Maria Kirilenko eased to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Gabriela Navratilova and Vladimira Uhlirova in the quarter-finals of the Ordina Open.

The teenagers' opponents, in their third consecutive semi-final together, are not yet known.

Ana plays Iveta Benesova in the second round of the singles competition tomorrow.

Doubles win for Ana and Kirilenko Jun 20th 2006

Ana and Maria Kirilenko won their first round doubles match at the Ordina Open. The teenage pairing beat third seeds Eleni Daniilidou and Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-5, 6-4.

They will play the Czech team of Gabriela Navratilova and Vladimira Uhlirova in the quarter-finals tomorrow, Tuesday.

This is the third tournament that Ana and Maria have played together this year: they reached the semi-finals of both the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and the J&S Cup in Warsaw.

Ana's second round singles match against Iveta Benesova will take place on Wednesday.

Ana climbs to No.22 Jun 19th 2006

Ana moves up one place to No.22 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. The rise is a result of Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy falling four places.

In the Porsche Race, which determines the eight qualifiers for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, Ana is also ranked 22nd. Meanwhile, her doubles ranking falls two places to No.92.

The only change within the singles top 20 sees Lindsay Davenport and Svetlana Kuznetsova swap positions, with the American moving up one place to No.6.

Updated: Ana advances to round two Jun 18th 2006

Ana is through to the second round of the Ordina Open after beating former world No.8 Alicia Molik 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in her first grass court outing of the season.

“It was a tough match today,” said Ana. “The first match on grass is always tricky. I knew that she has a very good serve and can play well on grass.

“I was very focussed in the first set and serving well, but I dropped my serve at the beginning of the second set and made some errors.

Ana to open Ordina Open Jun 18th 2006

Ana has been drawn to face Australian Alicia Molik in the first round of the Ordina Open. The tie is scheduled as the first match on Centre Court at 12pm Central European Time today, which means that Ana is effectively opening the tournament in s’Hertogenbosch.

Despite Molik’s ranking of 256, it is a very tricky draw for Ana: the Australian was ranked as high as No.8 16 months ago, before suffering an inner-ear infection that has since seen her play only sporadically on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

Wilander hails Ana Jun 16th 2006

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander has given a ringing endorsement of Ana’s credentials. Speaking exclusively to this website, the Swede said: “I think she’s great. It’s a matter of her breaking through.”

Wilander, who now commentates for Eurosport and ESPN, continued: “I commentated on her match against [Amelie] Mauresmo at the French Open last year. I think for her the challenge is not mental or stroke-wise, it’s a matter of whether she can move as well as the other girls.

Ask Ana #16 Jun 15th 2006

jonathan crawford: how long are you planning to stay pro just wondering what you have to say Thanks
Ana: Hey Jonathan. It’s so hard to predict. Definitely tennis is my life now and I think I will play as long as I’m fit. Regards, Ana.

Goran: Does it ever bother you when you travel overseas and the weather is completely different at your destination, and does the time difference from country to country effect your sleep?