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Ana safely passed a tricky opening round match at the Wimbledon Championships with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 victory over Italy’s Francesca Schiavone. The world No.76 provided a stern test for the 11th seed, who eventually prevailed in 96 minutes.
Ana takes on Italian world No.77 Francesca Schiavone in the first round of The Championships on Tuesday. It will be Ana's 10th Wimbledon campaign.
Ana leads the head-to-head series 6-0, with her first victory coming at the French Open in 2005, and the most recent being in Linz last year.
Both players are former French Open champions. Ana is enjoying her highest seeding at Wimbledon since 2008, while the Italian, who turns 34 today, is competing here for the 14th time.
Images of Ana attending the pre-Wimbledon player party in London on Thursday night are now in the Galleries section.
The 26-year-old received critical praise for her outfit, by London-based Serbian designer Roksanda, including this story in the Daily Mail newspaper.
It will be a battle of former Roland Garros champions in round one of The Championships at Wimbledon, after Ana was drawn against Italy’s Francesca Schiavone.
If she reaches round two, Ana could face her 2008 conqueror here, Jie Zheng. Last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki is a possible opponent in the third round.
Prior to the AEGON Classic in Birmingham, Ana and Donna Vekic tried their hand at cricket.
The pair visited Edgbaston Cricket Ground and took to the pitch at half-time in the Birmingham Bears vs Durham Jets match.
Photos from their visit are now in the Galleries section.
Ana has climbed two places to 11th in the latest WTA Singles Rankings, which are published today.
The list will be used to determine the seedings for Wimbledon next week, which means that Ana will enjoy her highest seeding since 2008.
In the Road To Singapore, the standings that determine the eight qualifers for the WTA Finals, Ana rises to 6th.
Current WTA Top 20 Entry Rankings:
1 Serena Williams (USA) 9,660pts
2 Na Li (Chn) 7,450pts
3 Simona Halep (Rou) 6,280pts
Ana surged to the 14th tournament victory of her career as she clinched her first ever title on grass by beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.
It was a virtually flawless week for Ana, who dropped only 21 games in five straight-sets wins. She spent just five hours and 44 minutes on court, while the Premier $700,000 title is Ana's biggest since winning the French Open in 2008.
It took Ana just 58 minutes to confirm her place in the final of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham. The top seed triumphed 6-2, 6-2 over China's Shuai Zhang.
Just as she had in her previous matches here in England this week, Ana got off to a slow start. She was broken and trailed 2-0 early on.
From this point on, Ana asserted her superiority. She overwhelmed the world No.36 with the same brand of attacked grass court tennis that had seen her lose only 12 games in her previous three matches.
Ana is into the semi-finals of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham courtest of a 6-1, 6-4 victory over sixth seed Klara Koukalova.
It was more of the same from Ana, who chalked up her third straight win: all three Birmingham victories have come with the loss of no more than five games each.
The victory means that no WTA player has won more matches this season than Ana: the 26-year-old and Agnieszka Radwanska have won 36 matches each.