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Evening start for Ana Sep 12th 2006

Ana's Wismilak International first round match against Olga Poutchkova is scheduled as the fourth on Center Court on Tuesday.

Play at the Grand Hyatt Nusa Dua Bali begins at 3pm local time each day, so Ana's match is unlikely to start before 7.30pm local time (1.30pm Central European Time).

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Career-best ranking Sep 11th 2006

Ana has climbed to her highest ever ranking. In the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles list, published today, the 18-year-old moves up two places to No.15.

The result is a consequence of Ana’s third round finish at the US Open: she leapfrogs Anna-Lena Groenefeld and last year’s runner-up Mary Pierce.

Poutchkova in Bali round one Sep 10th 2006

Ana has been drawn against world No.103 Olga Poutchkova in the first round of the Wismilak International, which begins on Monday. She has never before played the 18-year-old Russian.

Given that Poutchkova has only ever won one match on the main tour, Ana will be a strong favourite to progress to the second round, where she would face a qualifier.

Ana, who is the No.4 seed, could face world No.25 Marion Bartoli in the quarter-finals. Her seeded semi-final opponent is No.2 Patty Schnyder.

Ask Ana #25 Sep 10th 2006

marshall: Ana I have watched a few of your matches. Have you worked on coming to the net more? When you pick your times to come you usually are very aggressive.
Ana: Yes, this is something I am working on. I think I have integrated it into my game a lot more lately, but it is still an area that I definitely need to improve. Playing doubles has helped my volleys. It is my wish to be a great net player.

Ask Ana #24 Sep 9th 2006

Vic: Ana, the poll for the football rated Canberra as the second most boring city. But overall, Pretoria is the most boring city ahead of Canberra and Johannesburg. Because you won your first WTA title in Canberra, do you think that Canberra is the most boring city and a dreary city? I’m just asking because I am proud to be your fan. Answer please!!!!!
Ana: When we were there it was holidays so there were not many people. I didn’t get the impression that is was as lively a city as Sydney, Perth or Melbourne but probably in the other times of the year it is more lively.

Ask Ana #23 Sep 8th 2006

Stefan: Hi Ana, will you play Stuttgart this year Bye Stefan
Ana: Yes, it will be my second tournament back in Europe after Bali – I am also playing Luxembourg.

marcus: what do you find has changed the most since winning in montreal?
Ana: The win has given me a lot of confidence and belief. It is a great reward for all the hard work I have been doing with David and Scott and it motivates me to train harder.

Redwan: If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be and why?

Narrow defeat in doubles Sep 7th 2006

Ana and Maria Kirilenko were edged out 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 by tenth seeds Martina Navratilova and Nadia Petrova in the third round of the US Open doubles competition.

Ana was not at her best in a tight match, but Maria played some great stuff during the two hours and 19 minutes encounter. The 19-year-old Russian found a number of wicked angles as her ground game clicked into gear.

In the end, however, the elder pairing’s experience came through. They expertly grabbed control of the net and were solid when facing break points.

Doubles rescheduled due to rain Sep 6th 2006

Rain at the USTA Billie-Jean King National Tennis Center has caused Ana and Maria Kirilenko's third round doubles match to be postponted until Wednesday.

The teenagers were due to meet tenth seeds Martina Navratilova and Nadia Petrova on the Armstrong arena on Tuesday before the weather intervened.

The match is now scheduled as the fourth on the Grandstand court on Wednesday, though there is a chance that it may be moved to Arthur Ashe stadium.

Updated: Doubles win Sep 5th 2006

Ana and Maria Kirilenko scored one of their best doubles victories yet when they defeated fifth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Meghann Shaughnessy 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 to reach the third round of the US Open.

The teenagers played an excellent first set, taking the game to their higher ranked opponents as they volleyed sharply. The match featured several entertaining rallies – a smiling Ana found herself on the ground after one sharp net exchange – and the youngsters appeared to enjoy it thoroughly.

Updated: Serena ends US Open hopes Sep 4th 2006

Ana's US Open came to an end with a disappointing 6-2, 6-4 third round loss to Serena Williams. It was a sub-par performance from the US Open Series champion, but Williams must be given credit for the manner in which she grabbed the initiative in most rallies and imposed her game on the 18-year-old.

The former world No.1 was excellent. She showed no signs of the rustiness one would expect from a player who has competed in just four tournaments this year as pressured Ana from the very first game.