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Ana has climbed to her highest ever ranking. In the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles list, published today, the 18-year-old moves up two places to No.15.
The result is a consequence of Ana’s third round finish at the US Open: she leapfrogs Anna-Lena Groenefeld and last year’s runner-up Mary Pierce.
Ana has been drawn against world No.103 Olga Poutchkova in the first round of the Wismilak International, which begins on Monday. She has never before played the 18-year-old Russian.
Given that Poutchkova has only ever won one match on the main tour, Ana will be a strong favourite to progress to the second round, where she would face a qualifier.
Ana, who is the No.4 seed, could face world No.25 Marion Bartoli in the quarter-finals. Her seeded semi-final opponent is No.2 Patty Schnyder.
marshall: Ana I have watched a few of your matches. Have you worked on coming to the net more? When you pick your times to come you usually are very aggressive.
Ana: Yes, this is something I am working on. I think I have integrated it into my game a lot more lately, but it is still an area that I definitely need to improve. Playing doubles has helped my volleys. It is my wish to be a great net player.
Vic: Ana, the poll for the football rated Canberra as the second most boring city. But overall, Pretoria is the most boring city ahead of Canberra and Johannesburg. Because you won your first WTA title in Canberra, do you think that Canberra is the most boring city and a dreary city? I’m just asking because I am proud to be your fan. Answer please!!!!!
Ana: When we were there it was holidays so there were not many people. I didn’t get the impression that is was as lively a city as Sydney, Perth or Melbourne but probably in the other times of the year it is more lively.
Stefan: Hi Ana, will you play Stuttgart this year Bye Stefan
Ana: Yes, it will be my second tournament back in Europe after Bali – I am also playing Luxembourg.
marcus: what do you find has changed the most since winning in montreal?
Ana: The win has given me a lot of confidence and belief. It is a great reward for all the hard work I have been doing with David and Scott and it motivates me to train harder.
Redwan: If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Ana and Maria Kirilenko were edged out 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 by tenth seeds Martina Navratilova and Nadia Petrova in the third round of the US Open doubles competition.
Ana was not at her best in a tight match, but Maria played some great stuff during the two hours and 19 minutes encounter. The 19-year-old Russian found a number of wicked angles as her ground game clicked into gear.
In the end, however, the elder pairing’s experience came through. They expertly grabbed control of the net and were solid when facing break points.
Rain at the USTA Billie-Jean King National Tennis Center has caused Ana and Maria Kirilenko's third round doubles match to be postponted until Wednesday.
The teenagers were due to meet tenth seeds Martina Navratilova and Nadia Petrova on the Armstrong arena on Tuesday before the weather intervened.
The match is now scheduled as the fourth on the Grandstand court on Wednesday, though there is a chance that it may be moved to Arthur Ashe stadium.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko scored one of their best doubles victories yet when they defeated fifth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Meghann Shaughnessy 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 to reach the third round of the US Open.
The teenagers played an excellent first set, taking the game to their higher ranked opponents as they volleyed sharply. The match featured several entertaining rallies – a smiling Ana found herself on the ground after one sharp net exchange – and the youngsters appeared to enjoy it thoroughly.
Ana's US Open came to an end with a disappointing 6-2, 6-4 third round loss to Serena Williams. It was a sub-par performance from the US Open Series champion, but Williams must be given credit for the manner in which she grabbed the initiative in most rallies and imposed her game on the 18-year-old.
The former world No.1 was excellent. She showed no signs of the rustiness one would expect from a player who has competed in just four tournaments this year as pressured Ana from the very first game.
Persistent rain has caused Ana's US Open third round match against Serena Williams to be postponed overnight.
The tie was originally scheduled to begin at 7pm local time (1am Central European Time) but Saturday was a total wash-out at the USTA Billie-Jean King National Tennis Center.
Weather permitting, it will now take place on Sunday afternoon. It is scheduled as the third match on Arthur Ashe stadium and should begin sometime after 2pm local time.