Krajicek first in Linz

Krajicek first in Linz

Ana has been drawn to face world No.35 Michaella Krajicek in the first round of the Generali Ladies Linz presented by Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberosterreich. Ana is seeed fifth for the Austrian Tier II event, which begins on Monday.

Provided she can beat the 17-year-old Dutchwoman, whom she has never before played, Ana will face either Anna-Lena Groenefeld or a qualifier in the second round. It is a tough draw for the 18-year-old, who is competing for the first time since hurting her shoulder during practice a three weeks ago.

Ana could meet top seed Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals, while Patty Schnyder and Francesca Schiavone are potential semi-final opponents.

The leading seeds in the bottom half of the draw, all of whom Ana could play in the final, are Nadia Petrova, Nicole Vaidisova, Jelena Jankovic and Anna Chakvetadze.

Ana was a semi-finalist in Linz last year.

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