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Ana has been drawn against home favourite Marta Domachowska in the first round of the J&S Cup, which begins in Warsaw on Monday.
Ana has never before played the Polish 20-year-old, who is currently ranked 42 in the world. Given that Domachowska is the highest ranked home player, the match is likely to take place on the Central Court.
Ana was one of the many players that voted for pink in last weekend’s unique poll of players to choose the official new colour of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.
All players competing in last weekend’s ties, from the World Group to the Zonal competitions, were asked to choose between turquoise (blue), fuchsia (pink) and plum (purple).
“I like all three colours, I have played in all of them, but pink is my favourite,” said Ana.
Ana was specially chosen to publicise news that the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has named Wilson as the official ball of women’s tennis.
It is the second time this year that the 18-year-old has been selected above other players to appear in a promotional activity for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, after she starred in a commercial for sponsors Whirlpool in January.
There is no action on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this week. Instead, a Free Week was scheduled in order to give players the chance to rest and recharge their batteries ahead of the gruelling clay and grass court seasons.
Central to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s plans for the future of the sport, known as Roadmap 2010, is to give the players longer rest periods. Already the off-season has been expanded to seven weeks and this week’s hiatus is an extension of that.
Former world No.4 Anke Huber has become Ana’s mentor as part of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s Partners for Success program.
Ana and Anke met for the first time during the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami last month. “It was great to meet her,” said Ana.
“We had a really good talk. She’s a great person. I love talking to her. We’re going to keep in touch and I’m sure she’s going to help me a lot.”
Tigran: Hello Anna, I was wondering if you would be kind enough to grant me some advice when i play tennis. When I play doubles where should i serve from on the base line because the closer I am to the mid line, my serves are apparently less powerful, and when i serve near the alleys, my serves are more powerful, but I do not know which one I should rely on more?
Serbia & Montenegro lost an agonisingly close Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I play-off against Israel. Ana and her team-mates went down 2-1 after three incredibly dramatic rubbers.
Serbian No.2 Ana Timotic faced Anna Smashnova the first singles rubber and was 6-4, 5-4 behind when, amazingly, the Israeli was forced to retire through injury.
Ana could have sealed victory for Serbia but Israeli No.1 Shahar Peer, who has been in top form this week, triumphed 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the second rubber.
Ana has been named "Miss Fed Cup 2006" for the Europe/Africa Zone, in a poll of journalists' favourite players competing in Bulgaria this week.
"I am flattered by the vote," said Ana, who received an elephant figure to commemorate the occasion. "Thank you everyone who voted for me."
Ana received 65 per cent of the vote, beating South African Alicia Pillay into second place. Slovakian teenager Dominika Cibulkova was third but countrywoman Daniela Hantuchova, who has won similar awards in the past, only received 5 per cent of the vote and finished fourth.
Serbia & Montenegro have been drawn to face Israel in tomorrow's Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I play-offs.
Israel are the strongest team in the group, according to rankings. Their No.1 seed is world No.36 Shahar Peer and their second highest ranked player is world No.41 Anna Smashnova.