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Ana was beaten 6-1 6-4 by Russian Dinara Safina at the German Open in Berlin. Ana was put under pressure from the start against Safina, who turned out the more consistent player on the day.
And Ana's defeat was not the only surprise as French ninth seed Nathalie Dechy lost 7-5 6-1 to Dally Randriantefy, of Madagascar, and Daniela Hantuchova , seeded 15, was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Argentine Gisela Dulko.
Ana has reached a career-high number 34 in the WTA tour ranking and is enjoying some of the best form of her career. She climbed 3 places after the semi-final in Warsaw last week.
Ana will face Dinara Safina (RUS) tomorrow in the first round of Qatar Total German Open 2005 in Berlin.
Safina suffered a humiliating 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Li Na in the Estoril Open clay-court tournament semifinals Saturday. Knowing that Safina is no mental giant, Li ground down the impatient Russian with a tenacious baseline display.
Henin-Hardenne paid tribute to Ana after booking her place in Sunday's final, 6-4, 7-5
"It was a good fight and maybe I should have won the match earlier but she kept fighting," said the Belgian.
"I was playing much better in the second set but couldn't finish the points."
Ana blamed poor footwork for her defeat.
"I didn't move that well today," she said. "I made a lot of mis-hits on both backhand and forehand.
"I should have got more into the court and put her under pressure. But it was a great experience and I think I had my chances in both sets."
Ana beat Natalie Dechy (FRA) to go into the last four of the J&S Cup in Warsaw.
The comfortable 7-6 6-4 victory over the sixth takes Ana to her second semi-final of 2005.
Ivanovic claimed one of the best victories of her career when she overcame the Russian 6-2 6-4.
The 17-year-old has leaped up the rankings and beat U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in Miami last month.
World number 10 Zvonareva failed to find any consistency against her opponent, who played aggressive game and always looked the more confident of the two.
"I just tried to play my game, to attack her and get a little bit into court and get her on the move, and I think I did that pretty well," said Ivanovic, who added she was surprised at her rapid progress.
One of the fastest rising stars in women's tennis continued her march to the top on Thursday, upsetting No.3 seed Vera Zvonareva, 62 64 in second round action at the J & S Cup in Warsaw.
Ivanovic, who picked up her first career Top 10 victory in her last outing at Miami - defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, now has two Top 10 wins in her last two events after her straight sets victory over Zvonareva.
It was another convincing victory in Warsaw, with Ana needing only just over an hour to complete a straight-set victory against the third seed Vera Zvonareva, 6-2, 6-4.
Ana now meets Nathalie Dechy (FRA), who beat the home crowd favourite Marta Domachowska(POL) (6/4 7/6) in the second round.
Ana and Tina Krizan won their first women's doubles match as a partnership.
The Serbian-Slovenian pair beat McShea and Vento-Kabchi 6-2 6-4 in the first round of J & S Cup in Warsaw.
Ana Ivanovic's star continues to rise, the Serbian teenager dominating Slovakian Martina Sucha without the loss of a game. (WTA tour official site).
As No.1 seed Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) was forced to withdraw from the J&S Cup on Monday due to an abdominal strain, Ana will face Vera Zvonareva (RUS), WTA 10, in the second round.