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Ana surfing the net Mar 29th 2006

Despite losing 7-5, 6-2 to world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo yesterday, Ana was pleased with the progress she is making with her net play, an area of her game she has been working hard on in practice. Ana made 24 visits to the net and volleyed confidently.

“I feel much more confident at the net at the moment,” said Ana. “When I had the chance to play volleys I think it went well so I’m happy about this part of my game in the match.”

Updated: Ana foiled by Mauresmo Mar 28th 2006

There was the occasional glimpse of why one day she may hold the top ranking herself, but Ana could not repeat her heroics of past victories against world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo. The 18-year-old lost 7-5, 6-2 in a fourth round match that lasted 82 minutes.

“I don’t think I played a great match today,” said Ana, who had won her last two matches agaunst Mauresmo. “At times I think my forehand worked really well but I didn’t serve good and I made some mistakes on the important points.”

Doubles joy for Ana Mar 28th 2006

Ana is through to the quarter-finals of the Nasdaq-100 Open women’s doubles competition. She teamed up with Sania Mirza to beat Czech Kveta Peschke and Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-3.

Taking to the court just over an hour after she had played her fourth round singles match (click here for report), Ana and her Indian partner were always in control of the tie. Ana held all of her five service games.

Updated: Ana gets her wish Mar 27th 2006

After losing narrowly to world No.8 Elena Dementieva in Indian Wells last week, Ana said she wanted to play another top player at the Nasdaq-100 Open. “Hopefully I will get a chance to play another of the best players in Miami,” she wrote in her diary. Sure enough, Ana will face the best of them all, world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo, in the fourth round today after the Frenchwoman beat Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-0.

Double delight for Ana Mar 27th 2006

Ana teamed up with Sania Mirza to record her second win of the day at the Nasdaq-100 Open. The teenagers beat the Italian pairing of Tathiana Garbin and Maria Elena Camerin 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the women’s doubles.

It was a most unusual start to Ana's partnership with Mirza: the match was originally scheduled to take place on Court Seven but Camerin was involved in singles (she lost to Maria Sharapova) so late that, once she had rested, it was too dark to begin the match on a court without floodlights.

Ana beats Bondarenko Mar 26th 2006

It was a mixed performance by Ana, but she is through to the fourth round of the Nasdaq-100 Open after beating world No.95 Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in one hour and 42 minutes.

“I don’t think this was a good performance from both of us,” said Ana. “I’m pleased I took my opportunities in the end.”

“I just think I could have played much better, but I wasn’t moving well. At some important points my serve was coming and I’m really happy that I took the opportunities I had.”

Updated: Ana looking forward to Bondarenko challenge Mar 26th 2006

“I’m going to try and play my game,” said Ana about her third round clash with Alona Bondarenko, which is scheduled to take place today (Sunday) at 10am local time (4pm CET) on Court One. Ana has never before played the 21-year-old Ukrainian, who beat No.23 seed Annabel Medina Garrigues 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the last round.

The 18-year-old was particularly pleased with her 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 win over Iveta Benesova in her opening match because it had been such a tense encounter. She fell a break behind at the beginning of the final set but then found her best form.

Ana Czechs Benesova’s progress Mar 25th 2006

Ana reached the third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open with a hard fought victory over world No.43 Iveta Benesova. She triumphed 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 in a tense encounter that lasted one hour and 56 minutes.

“I was really happy that I could stay focused and win,” said Ana. “Even if the score had been different I was really happy with the way I played. I was attacking a lot and I felt the ball very good.”

Ana teams up with Mirza Mar 24th 2006

Ana will play doubles with 19-year-old Indian Sania Mirza at the Nasdaq-100 Open. The pair have been drawn to face the unseeded Italian team of Maria Elena Camerin and Tatiana Garbin in round one of the 32-couple draw (Click here to view the full draw).

This will be Ana’s third doubles competition of the year. She played in the mixed event of the Australian Open alongside Novak Djokovic and teamed up with Maria Kirilenko in Tokyo’s Toray Pan Pacific Open at the start of February.

Updated: Benesova awaits Ana in round two Mar 24th 2006

Ana will face world No.43 Iveta Benesova in the second round of the Nasdaq-100 Open after the Czech narrowly beat 17-year-old Croatian wild card Sanja Ancic.

Benesova took two hours and 19 minutes to beat the youngster, who was making her debut in the main draw of a professional tournament, 6-7, 6-1, 7-6.

Ana has played Benesova twice before, both times at Grand Slam events. She beat the 23-year-old 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 at the Australian Open last year and 6-3, 6-1 at the French Open five months later.