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Ana reached the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a 6-1, 7-5 win over world No.80 Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Encouragingly, she showed no signs of the hip injury that hampered her in her previous two tournaments.
In today’s published WTA rankings, Cirstea suffered a giant fall of 44 spots following her round one exit in Montreal last week, and was also during the match immediately put on the backfoot by Ana, who emerged victorious in 67 minutes.
Ana will be on the cover of Bella NYC fashion magazine next month.
The 26-year-old was photographed by John Russo in Napa a fortnight ago. The issue hits the newstands on September 3.
Ana is also on the cover of the Long Island edition of the magazine, also pictured here.
Ana has been drawn against her best friend, world No.36 Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Ana leads the head-to-head 2-1 against the Romanian, but lost their last meeting, on clay at the Fed Cup earlier this year.
If she reaches round two, Ana will take on either American Christina McHale or a qualifier. Seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard is a potential third round opponent.
In a match that finished after midnight, Ana fell to world No.51 Coco Vandeweghe in the second round of the Rogers Cup. The 2006 Montreal champion lost 6-7(7), 7-6(7), 6-4.
The first set went entirely on serve and so a tiebreak was required to settle it. Despite the dominance of serve during the set, the first four points of the breaker went against serve. Ana eventually won points on serve and scored a mini-break that led to her taking the opening set.
Ana powered past world No.82 Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-2 in the first roud of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
It was a dominant performance by the new world No.10, who quickly opened up a 5-0 lead and scored an early break in the second set of the 72-minute match.
Ana will take on 51st-ranked Coco Vandeweghe of the United States in the second round on Wednesday, after the 23-year-old defeated fellow qualifier Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-4.
It has been a long wait - and at times a real struggle - but after more than five years, Ana is back in the top 10 in the world rankings.
The 26-year-old swapped places with Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, rising from No.11 to 10th, following her quarter-final appearance in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford last week.
Ana is seeded ninth at the Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank, which begins in Montreal on Monday. She will face a qualifier in round one.
Should she reach the second round, another qualifier or China's Shuai Zhang will await. In the third round Ana could face compatriot and seventh seed Jelena Jankovic.
Second seed Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon last month, is a possible quarter-final opponent, while No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska and No.8 Victoria Azarenka are possible adversaries in the semi-finals.
Ana was edged out 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 by world No.1 Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.
It was a gripping encounter. Ana played a superb opening set as she opened up a 5-1 lead, then served it out, losing just five points on serve during the set.
Williams hadn't performed well in the first set, although that was largely due to Ana's relentless hitting on the quick court. The American steadied the ship at the beginning of the second set and, almost inevitably, quickly earned a break.
Ana produced a dominant display to defeat world No.421 Carol Zhao and set up a quarter-final clash with top seed Serena Williams. The 26-year-old triumphed 6-1, 6-1 in just 55 minutes.
Considering that 19-year-old Zhao has never before won a main tour match that was completed (she advanced to round two when her opponent retired while a set down), it was always likely to be a tough task for the Canadian.
So it proved, with Ana scoring two breaks in each set. Zhao won just three points on her second serve in the entire match.
Ana avenged her defeat to Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon last month by beating the German 7-6(2), 6-1 in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.
Ana was 4-1 down in the first set, but proceeded to win 12 of the next 15 games as she got on top of the world No.29. The match marks the first in her co-operation with new coach Dejan Petrovic.
The match will also be remembered for one of Lisicki's first serves, which was timed at 131mph - a new world record.