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Ana’s scheduled third round opponent Jelena Jankovic has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup. Ana receives a walkover and will play world No.24 Katarina Srebotnik in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Jankovic’s withdrawal, due to injury, comes within 24 hours of top seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters retiring injured midway through her second round match against local wild card Stephanie Dubois.
Clijsters was in the same quarter as Ana. Dubois went on to face Srebotnik today, with the Slovenian winning 6-3, 6-2.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko stormed to a superb 6-0, 7-6 victory over sixth seeds and reigning Olympic champions Ting Li and Tiantian Sun in the second round of the Rogers Cup doubles event.
The teenagers broke the Chinese pairing, who have a combined doubles ranking of 61 compared to Ana and Maria’s 99, three times as they completed their second ever whitewash together. Remarkably, the more experienced team were allowed to win only six points during an opening set that lasted just 20 minutes.
Ana overcame world No.27 Jie Zheng 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 to move into the third round of the Rogers Cup and a rematch with countrywoman Jelena Jankovic.
The 18-year-old made the perfect start as she broke the Chinese player in the opening game then held to love to move 2-0 ahead.
At 3-2, Ana dropped her first points on serve and was broken. The next two games went with serve until Ana secured a decisive break in the ninth game before sealing the opening set 6-4 with an ace.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko received a walkover into the second round of the doubles competition when their scheduled opponents, Tatiana Golovin and Marie-Eve Pelletier, withdrew.
The teenagers will now face the sixth seeded Chinese pairing of Ting Li and Tiantian Sun in round two. The elder pairing are the reigning Olympic champions and have won seven Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles, so it will be a very tough match.
Ana decided against appointing David Taylor as an authorised on-court coach during her first round match against Tatiana Golovin on Monday, which she won 6-4, 6-2.
Both players were entitled to nominate someone to come onto court to coach them during the match, as part of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s two-week experiment with on-court coaching, which began at the Rogers Cup yesterday. Like many players, Ana and David are both opposed to the concept and decided against the Australian coaching during the match.
Ana produced a dominant performance to beat world No.26 Tatiana Golovin 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Rogers Cup. After losing the first game Ana was never behind in the match, which lasted an hour and 20 minutes.
The match was delayed by 30 minutes due to rain. When it did start, the opening two games went with serve until Ana took her third break point opportunity to move 2-1 ahead.
Ana's first round match against Tatiana Golovin at the Rogers Cup is scheduled to begin today at 7pm local time (1am Tuesday Central European Time). It is the opening match of the night session on the Central Court.
By quirk of fate Ana has also been drawn to face Golovin in the doubles competition. Continuing her fledgling partnership with Maria Kirilenko, Ana takes on Golovin and Canadian Marie-Eve Pelletier in the first round. The match is expected to take place tomorrow.
Ana’s ranking is unchanged in the latest list published by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour today. She stays at No.19 but has closed the gap between herself and those ahead of her, thanks to a quarter-final appearance in Los Angeles last week.
Her doubles ranking again moves up significantly – Ana rises 10 places to No.72 as a result of her second round finish at the JPMorgan Chase Open, alongside Maria Kirilenko.
In the Porsche Race, the standings that determine the eight qualifiers for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid, Ana moves up one place to No.19.
The withdrawal of second seed Maria Sharapova has meant changes to the Rogers Cup draw. Ana will now face world No.24 Tatiana Golovin in what promises to be the tie of the first round.
Ana, who had previously been drawn to face Laura Granville in the first round of the Tier I event, has played Frenchwoman Golovin four times before and has won on all four occasions. They played each other twice in the space of 10 days during the indoor season last autumn with Ana winning in three sets in Zurich then 7-5, 6-3 in Linz.
Ana's participation in the JPMorgan Chase Open came to an end when she and Maria Kirilenko lost 6-4, 7-6 to third seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.
The Slovakian-Japanese team, who have a combined doubles ranking of 19 compared to the teenagers' 119, triumphed in an hour and 39 minutes after a total of nine breaks.
Ana is flying to Montreal today for her next tournament, the Rogers Cup, which begins on Monday.