The latest news about Ana!

Family Circle Cup draw Apr 8th 2007

Ana will play Argentine Gisela or a qualifier/lucky loser in the second round of the Family Circle Cup, a Tier I event that begins on Monday. She is seeded seventh and receives a first round bye.

No.9 Vera Zvonareva is Ana's seeded third round opponent in what is a very tricky draw. Top seed Nicole Vaidisova could await in the quarter-finals.

The leading players in the opposite half of the draw to Ana are No.2 seed Jelena Jankovic, whom she defeated this week in Amelia Island, and No.3 seed Serena Williams, who has won her last 13 matches.

Updated: Golovin ends Amelia adventure Apr 8th 2007

Ana lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to eighth seed Tatiana Golovin in the semi-finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships. It was a match of missed opportunities for the 19-year-old, who could convert only five out of 21 break points during the two hour, 19-minute match.

During the opening nine games, which all went with serve, it became clear that the match was all about Ana. Golovin set herself up to defend; she waited for Ana's errors. The sixth seed was hitting the ball well off the ground, but the slow clay court made it difficult to produce winners.

Updated: Ana overcomes Jankovic Apr 6th 2007

Ana scored an impressive 7-5, 6-3 win over second seed Jelena Jankovic to reach the semi-finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships. It was a gritty display from the teenager, who triumphed in an hour and 28 minutes.

The first six games of the match went with serve. The seventh was an epic and saw Jankovic draw first blood as she broke to lead 4-3.

Ana broke back immediately. A further exchange of breaks followed before Ana edged to 6-5 with an ace. She took the set on her third set point by breaking the No.2 seed.

Updated: Dechy demolished Apr 6th 2007

Ana eased into the quarter-finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships with a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of world No.43 Nathalie Dechy.

Ana dominated the 58-minute encounter, breaking the Frenchwoman six times and producing a first serve percentage of 57. She clinched victory on her first match point.

The 19-year-old will face second seed Jelena Jankovic in the last eight on Friday. The Serb crushed Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine 6-2, 6-0 in the third round.

Ana wins Peng thriller Apr 5th 2007

Ana produced one of the best comebacks of her short career to defeat world No.37 Shuai Peng 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships.

After 40 mins of this match, Ana’s first ever competitive outing on green clay, the 19-year-old was staring into the abyss. She trailed 6-1, 2-0 and faced two break points at 15-40 on her serve. Cue a remarkable turnaround that saw the sixth seed fight off those break points then storm past the Chinese woman.

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Rankings and doubles update Apr 3rd 2007

Ana has slipped two places to No.17 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. In the Race to the Championships she is 14th and her doubles ranking is 88.

Ana was hoping to play doubles this week at the Bausch & Lomb Championships with Alicia Molik, but the rankings cut-off was too high for the pair to gain automatic entry. Unfortunately both wildcards, including the one reserved for Gold Exempt players, had already been allocated, which meant that Ana and Molik had no way of entering.

Angler Ana breaks record Apr 1st 2007

On her first ever fishing trip Ana broke the Florida state record for the heaviest weakfish ever caught. The 19-year-old yesterday landed a “Cynoscion regalis” that weighed a whopping 10lbs. 3oz.

“This is unbelievable,” said Ana, visibly shocked. “I had never even been fishing before and now I break this record! It must have been beginner’s luck. It’s hard to believe this could happen.”

The sea excursion was part of a promotional appearance Ana was making ahead of the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, which begin tomorrow.

Bausch & Lomb Championships draw Apr 1st 2007

Ana has been drawn to face either China’s Shuai Peng or Czech Eva Birnerova in her opening match at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, which begin in Amelia Island on Monday. Ana is seeded sixth and receives a first round bye.

Peng will be favourite to overcome Birnerova, who pulled out of last week’s Sony Ericsson Open with a neck injury. Ana has met the Chinese player once before, winning 6-2, 6-4 in Sydney last year.

Ask Ana #47 Mar 30th 2007

Sven: Hi Ana! I was just wondering if you liked the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium and the atmosphere during the tournament? And if so, if you will be coming back next year? Greetz Sven (Antwerp, Belgium)
Ana: I haven’t decided my schedule for next year but I am sure I will play there again in the future. The crowd were very loud, they were cheering for Kim so much, but they were fair, they did not shout when I was serving or anything like this. It was a great atmosphere.

Fred: How heavy is your racket? Do you add weight?