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Ana takes on world No.42 Karolina Pliskova in the second round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. It will be the first meeting between the pair.
22-year-old Pliskova, from the Czech Republic is just one spot off her career-best ranking, which she acheved this month. She reached round two by beating 60th-ranked Yvonne Meusburger 6-2, 6-2.
Ana got her 2014 U.S. Open campaign off to the perfect start with a 6-3, 6-0 win over world No.45 Alison Riske.
Opening up Day Two’s play on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Ana got off to a shaky start: she was broken in the first game.
However, the 26-year-old broke back immediately and soon opened up a 4-1 lead.
To her credit, American Riske maintained a high level of intensity. Her head didn’t drop and she got to 3-5 before Ana closed out the set.
Ana takes on world No.44 Alison Riske in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.
It will be the second meeting between the pair: Ana triumphed 7-5, 7-6 in Auckland on 31 December, 2013, en route to winning the title.
24-year-old Riske, like Ana, reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows last year. In fact, the two could have faced each other in the quarter-finals.
The closing date for entries is 31 August and the prize is an adidas item signed by Ana.
Meanwhile, the winner of the July competition has been drawn: Valentina Vásquez from Colombia is the winner of an adidas item signed by Ana.
Ana has been drawn to face American world No.44 Alison Riske in the first round of the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday.
Ana and Riske have met once before, with Ana triumphing 7-5, 7-6(2) in Auckland on New Year's Eve 2013.
If she reaches round two, Ana will take on either Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic or Austria's Yvonne Meusburger. 29th seed Casey Dellacqua of Australia is a possible third round opponent.
Ana joined the myriad of celebrities taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a campaign to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig's, a neurodegenerative disease.
Ana was nominated yesterday by fellow WTA player Petra Kvitova. She was given 24 hours to take the challenge, and the 26-year-old showed that she was up to it.
Click here to see Ana get drenched, and find out whom she nominated...
Ana has entered the inaugural Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, a Premier 5 event that takes place in China during September 21-27.
The new event has prize money of $2,440,070 and effectively replaces the Tokyo tournament, with Tokyo becoming a smaller event and being staged a week earlier.
Wuhan is the birth city of Chinese world No.3 and two-time Grand Slam champion Na Li.
Ana's run to the Western & Southern Open final last week in Cincinnati means that she has climbed two spots to No.9 in the latest WTA singles rankings, which are published today.
The 26-year-old enjoys her highest ranking since May 2009. More importantly, her climb means that she is guaranteed to be seeded among the top eight at the U.S. Open, which begins in one week. Again, it will be her highest Grand Slam seeding since May 2009.
Ana was defeated 6-4, 6-1 by world No.1 Serena Williams in the Western & Southern Open final in Cincinnati.
Ana was playing her first Premier level final in five years, just 16 hours after finishing a breathless, epic semi-final against Road To Singapore leader Maria Sharapova.
A letdown in form appeared a real possibility, considering last night's exertions, but Ana began brilliantly. Firing winners off both wings and taking her backhand early, she led 3-1 and had two break points to earn a double-break.
In one of the most thrilling and wildly fluctuating WTA matches of recent times, Ana beat five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to set-up a Western & Southern Open final against world No.1 Serena Williams.
Ana led 6-2, 5-2 and looked to have blown her chances – indeed Sharapova later missed two match points – before mounting a stunning comeback of her own to conquer the Russian.