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Ana has chosen to begin her 2014 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland. The tournament, which commences on 30 December, will mark the 25-year-old's first ever visit to New Zealand.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to play the event. I've heard many good things about it.," said Ana.
Click here to watch an interview Ana gave to tournament director Karl Budge (new browser window opens).
Ana scored a satisfying 7-6(9), 6-1 victory over Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the China Open in Beijing. Ana recovered from a 5-1 deficit in the opening set as she won 12 of the last 14 games.
Though ranked 29th, Pennetta came into the match off the back of a run to the US Open semi-finals, during which time she beat four seeded players back-to-back. The Italian once enjoyed a ranking of 10th and she demonstrated her class by surging into a 5-1 lead, with two breaks of serve.
Ana has been drawn against world No.32 Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the China Open, which begins in Beijing on Saturday.
Italian Pennetta reached the US Open semi-finals earlier this month and has a career-best ranking of 10.
If she overcomes the challenge of the 31-year-old, Ana will take on either Monica Puig or a qualifier in round two of the 60-woman, $5,185,625 event.
Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska is a likely third round opponent, while seventh seed Angela Kerber could await in the quarter-finals.
Ana lost 6-4, 6-2 to world No.9 Angelique Kerber in the third round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. It was a frustrating defeat for the 25-year-old, who converted just one of her five break points and served seven double faults against a player she has beaten twice this year.
The opening game was one of the few bright spots from Ana in the match. She convincingly held serve to love - firing four first serves including an ace - but thereafter her serve began to falter. In fact, she won just two points on her second delivery during the opening set.
Ana produced another fine display as she moved past world No.39 Elina Svitolina from Ukraine 6-3, 6-0 in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
From 3-3 in the opening set, the 11th seed was in firm control, winning all of the following nine games to ensure that she was back in the locker room in under an hour for the second consecutive day.
Ana reached the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with a resounding 6-1, 6-1 victory over world No.58 Annika Beck of Germany. The 11th seed was dominant throughout and outplayed her 19-year-old opponent, spending just 50 minutes.
Beginning in her first round match at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Monday, Ana will use a new Yonex racket - the EZONE Ai.
Ingeniously named - as well as being Ana's initials, "ai" means "love" in Japanese, and also stands for "artificial intelligence - the racket is subtitled "driven for speed".
Ana has been drawn against world No.52 Annika Beck of Germany in the Toray Pan Pacific Open, which begins in Tokyo on Sunday. She is seeded 11th at the 56-woman, $2,369,000 event.
If she reaches round two Ana will meet either Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine or home wild card Karumi Nara. Fifth seed Angelique Kerber is a possible third round opponent.
Second seed Agniezska Radwanska is a potential adversary in the quarter-finals, while No.4 Caroline Wozniacki could await in the last four.
Ana has accepted a wild card into the Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions Sofia, the eight-woman event that takes place during the very last week of the WTA season.