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The draw for the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells has been made. Ana, who is seeded No.8 thanks to the late withdrawals of Mary Pierce and Nicole Vaidisova, will play either Czech Zuzana Ondraskova or Frenchwoman Severine Bremond in her opening match.
The 96-player draw means that all of the 32 seeded players receive a bye into the second round. Should Ana win her round two match she is seeded to meet American No.29 seed Amy Frazier.
Ana has moved down two places to No.19 in the latest Official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings. Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Flavia Pennetta, who were finalists in last week’s Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco, have overtaken her.
In the Porsche Race, the rankings that are used to determine the eight qualifiers for the season-ending WTA Championships, Ana, who has been inactive for the past two weeks, moves down two places to No.30. Her doubles ranking slips one position to No.95.
“I’m really sorry that we finished the Australian Open with a loss because I thought we could go on to the end,” says Novak Djokovic. “I think we had the quality to win the tournament.”
That Novak, who alongside Ana was making his debut in a Grand Slam mixed doubles event in Melbourne in January, harboured ambitions to win the tournament illustrates the supreme desire, competitiveness and self-belief that this 18-year-old Serbian possesses. He is equally positive about Ana’s singles credentials. “She has the potential to be one of the greatest players in women’s tennis,” he says.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has nominated Ana as one of the Most Improved Players of 2005. Ana is shortlisted alongside Anna Chakvetadze, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Maria Kirilenko and Nicole Vaidisova for the award, the winner of which will be announced during the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami next month.
Fans are invited to vote in this category and several others in the annual awards. To make your selections go to:
There is no change in Ana’s position in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings. She remains at No.17, one place off her career-best position.
In the Porsche Race, which is used to determine qualifiers for the season-ending WTA Championships, Ana drops three places to No.28: at this early stage in the season even one week of inactivity – Ana was not in action last week – is likely to see a player overtaken by those who did compete. Conversely, Ana’s doubles ranking rises by one place to No.94.
In 1991 two four-year-old children met at a ski resort in the former Yugoslavia. Neither had held a racket before, much less set foot on a tennis court. Fourteen years later they made their Grand Slam mixed doubles debut together and both are currently ranked in the world’s top 75. Ana and Novak Djokovic have remained close friends to this day.
World No.1 Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the Pacific Life Open, Ana's next event that begins in California on March 6. The Belgian's pullout due to an ankle injury, along with the absence of some of the world's highest-ranked players, means that Ana could be seeded as high as eighth for what is one of the most prestigious events of the year.
Ana has climbed one place to No.17 in the latest Official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. It is the third week in a row in which Ana has risen by one place and she currently stands one place behind her career-best ranking of 16.
Ana is featured in the weekly poll on the official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour website. The question is: “Which teenager will be the first to break into the Top 10?” Ana is nominated alongside Tatiana Golovin, Michaela Krajicek, Sania Mirza and Nicole Vaidisova.
To vote, go to www.wtatour.com.
The season may only be six weeks old but, as Ana takes a fortnight off before heading to America for two Tier I events, we take a look at how 2006 has gone so far for the 18-year-old:
After competing in the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp Ana has played four ranking tournaments this year plus the Hopman Cup, which is classed as an exhibition event so is not added to her official record. Ana has won five matches and lost four.