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Despite dropping only one game in their only previous meeting, Ana says she won’t be taking Maria Vento-Kabchi lightly. Ana faces her in round two after a solid 7-6, 6-3 win over Lindsay Lee-Waters.
“I played very good that match,” said Ana about her 6-1, 6-0 victory over the 72nd-ranked Venezuelan. “I know her a little bit. I have to concentrate on my footwork in order to get into the court and make the game. I mustn’t let her do that. Every opponent, if you let them play they might be dangerous.”
Playing in her first ever women’s US Open, Ana moved into the second round with a patchy 7-6, 6-3 win over American Lindsay Lee-Waters. In her first match back after a pectoral muscle strain Ana didn’t get close to playing her best tennis but got the job done.
“It wasn’t a high quality match but at the end of the day I’m happy I took my opportunities,” said Ana. “I was a bit nervous at the beginning, especially because of my shoulder injury last week. I wasn’t sure how that was going to go. I didn’t want to risk anything.”
Ahead of US open Ana reached new career high ranking in the latest rankings of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) released on Aug. 29th. Ana is now ranked 16th in the world with 1450.75 points, up 2 places from her ranking of 18 a week earlier.
Ana is in the top half of the draw, together with number 1 seed Maria Sharapova, current champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, and past champions, who already won a slam this year, sisters Serena and Venus Williams.
Ana, seeded 18th, will play her first round match against Lindsay Lee-Waters, ranked 99th on the WTA Rankings. This will be the first time for Ana to play against the 22 year old American, who has never won a tournament.
Ana has been seeded 18th for the US Open which starts on Monday.
As expected, Maria Sharapova is the top seed for the event. The new world number one Sharapova is seeded to meet Lindsay Davenport in the final.
Amelie Mauresmo and the in-form Kim Clijsters are seeded three and four respectively with reigning champion Svetlana Kuznetsova at five.
Two-time winner Serena Williams is eighth on the list, two places ahead of her sister Venus, the current Wimbledon champion.
A week before the start of the US Open, Ana is due to enter the final Grand Slam of the season holding the number 18 position on the WTA rankings.
Ana moved up to a career-best 18th place in the latest WTA ranking released today. Ana climbed up one places from her previous best 19th after she reached the third round of a Tier I WTA event in Toronto, where she bowed out, due to injury, to the tournament winner Kim Clijsters.
Ana withdrew from the tournament on Thursday after sustaining a right pectoral muscle strain on Wednesday. Her withdrawal gave No.7 seed Kim Clijsters a spot in the quarterfinals.
Ana's statement: "It hurt during the doubles match (Wednesday) night, the best thing I can do now is to get treatment and hopefully be ready for the U.S. Open."