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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.
Rasko: Hi Ana, like most of our (serbian) good tennis players do you have plan to move to live in the USA? Just to tell you that you are tooooooooo cute and good luck in your future... and btw you play for the best team in the world! NAPRED PARTIZAN! best regards from NYC and see you at US Open :)
Ana: Hi Rasko! No, I don’t have plans to live in the USA. Switzerland is a great training base so I have no need to move to America. And of course I come back to Belgrade a lot too! Thank you for your compliment. Regards, Ana.
Serbia & Montenegro reached the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I play-offs by beating Denmark.
The victory means that Ana and her teammates top Pool B with a 100 per cent record; the draw for Saturday's play-offs takes place tomorrow.
Ana beat Danish No.1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-0 to seal victory, after Ana Timotic had given the Serbians a 1-0 lead by defeating Eva Dyrberg 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The doubles rubber was therefore academic.
Serbia & Montenegro remain on course for a place in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I play-offs after thrashing South Africa 3-0.
The rankings of the two teams suggested that this was going to be a total mismatch and so it proved. Ana dismissed South African No.1 seed Alicia Pillay 6-0, 6-1, after team-mate Danica Krstajic had beaten Lizaan Du Plessis 6-0, 6-2.
Ana was then rested for the doubles rubber, leaving Danica to team up with Ana Timotic for a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Else Potgieter and Michelle Sammons.
Last week we spoke to Ana’s mother, Dragana, about Ana’s development as a tennis player. This week we talk to her about what life on the Tour is really like.
Six years ago, if you had told Dragana Ivanovic that she would be spending her days following the professional women’s tennis circuit, she would never have believed it. At the time she was working as a lawyer; now she travels with Ana to every event.