Linz draw

Linz draw

Ana is seeded second at the Generali Ladies Linz and faces world No.44 Monica Niculescu in the first round. The tournament gets underway on Monday.

It will be the third meeting between the two players and Ana leads the head-to-head series 2-0. The 25-year-old will be hoping for another successful campaign in Austria: she has won the event twice, in 2008 and 2010.

If she reaches round two, Ana will take on either Romanian world No.74 Alexandra Cadantu or Austrian wild card Melanie Klaffner. 

Ana's best friend, the fifth seed Sorana Cirstea, is a potential opponent in the quarter-finals. They last played each other competitively here in Linz, when Ana triumphed in straight sets in the second round three years ago, en route to winning the title.

Third seed Carla Suarez Navarro and No.8 Klara Zakopalova are possible semi-final adversaries.

The seeded players in the top half of the draw, whom Ana cannot face until the final, are No.1 Sloane Stephens, No.4 Kirsten Flipkens, No.6 Dominika Cibulkova and No.7 Daniela Hantuchova.

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