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Ana has been drawn to face world No.44 Shenay Perry in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, which begins on Monday.
It will be the pair’s third meeting with Ana yet to drop a set in past matches against the American, though Perry has broken into the top 50 since their last meeting in Indian Wells last year.
Should she overcome the 22-year-old, Ana will play either home hope Aiko Nakamura or Italy’s Mara Santangelo in the second round. No.5 Ana is seeded to meet Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals.
Britain’s ACE Tennis Magazine has kindly donated three A3-sized posters of Ana, which she has signed. The posters, which were accompanied with the January/Feburary 2007 issue, feature the image of Ana that is displayed here on one side, with men’s world No.2 Rafael Nadal on the other. The full ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour 2007 tournament calendars are printed beneath the pictures.
Ana has ended coach David Taylor’s contract with immediate effect.
“The relationship between player and a travelling coach is very unusual," said Ana. "You spend so much time together on the court and off it, so it is really important that you get on well.
“On the court I was making some improvements but off the court we weren’t getting on so well. It became a difficult working environment for everyone, and not one that was going to bring me success. I decided that it was best if we stopped working together. I would like to wish David all the best.”
Ana was interviewed by Channel 7, the host broadcaster of the Australian Open, last week.
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Ana was thoroughly disappointed after losing losing 6-1, 6-2 to world No.24 Vera Zvonareva in the third round of the Australian Open, but she was quick to praise her opponent, who ruthlessly seized on the 19-year-old’s errant hitting.
“It was just a bad day,” said Ana. “Everything I tried didn’t work. It is very disappointing, but I have to give her credit. She played very good and served really well.”
Ana produced one of the most erratic performances of her short career as she lost 6-1, 6-2 to world No.24 Vera Zvonareva in the third round of the Australian Open. It was a match Ana will want to forget as she failed to show anything like her usual form.
Ana made a nervous start, winning just two points in the opening two games. Conversely, former world No.9 Zvonareva looked close to the top of her game. She was a model of consistency and capitalised fully on Ana’s lack of timing.
Ana’s Australian Open third round match against world No.24 Vera Zvonareva has been moved to Rod Laver Arena. Persistent weather has caused the start of play on the outside courts to be delayed by over five hours, but Ana's match has now been moved from Margaret Court Arena to the covered stadium court and is due to begin shortly.
The match will be the pair’s second meeting after Ana beat the Russian 6-2, 6-4 in Warsaw two years ago.
Ana reached the third round of the Australian Open by beating world No.59 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Amid scorching hot conditions on Margaret Court Arena Ana hit 38 winners as she dominated her opponent for large parts of the match.
“It was tough conditions again,” said Ana. “This morning when I practiced, it was pretty cool. When I went out there, it decided to be really warm. The balls were flying. It was much quicker.