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Thanks to her appearance in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open last week, Ana has risen two places to No.14 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. Ana’s ranking points tally has improved by 487.5pts, or 52 per cent, over the past 12 months.
Despite losing 6-4, 6-2 to No.2 seed Martina Hingis in the Toray Pan Pacific Open final, Ana was in high spirits as she reflected on a highly successful week. The 19-year-old, playing her first tournament since parting company with coach David Taylor, reached her second Tier I final in five months and beat two top 10 ranked players in Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic.
Ana was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by world No.6 Martina Hingis in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. The 19-year-old wasn't able to reproduce the form that had seen off top 10-ranked players Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova in the previous rounds as the Swiss avenged her Montreal final defeat with a masterful display of court craft.
After beating world No.1 Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, Ana turned her attention to repeating her Montreal final victory over Martina Hingis. The two will meet for the second time in Sunday’s title decider, which begins at 1pm local time (5am Central European Time).
Ana and Sharapova were united in their disappointment that their semi-final at the Toray Pan Pacific Open was not completed. The Russian retired while trailing 6-1, 0-1 , citing a left hamstring strain.
“It’s unfortunate that she had to retire. It’s not the way I like to end the match,” said Ana. “I felt confident during the mach. I was able to play aggressive which is very important against Maria. You don’t want to give her much time.”
Ana reached the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open by beating top seed and world No.1 Maria Sharapova. Ana was well in control of the match, leading 6-1, 0-1, when the Russian retired injured.
Ana was most pleased with her serve and her aggression after beating fourth seed Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, the year's first Tier I event. She fired down 12 aces and produced an impressive first serve percentage of 65.
Ana scored a brilliant 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over world No.10 Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. The 19-year-old will now meet world No.1 Maria Sharapova’s in the last four on Saturday.
Having only won one match from a set down in 2006 – against Dinara Safina at Wimbledon – Ana has now done it in consecutive matches within the opening month of the year.
She hit an astonishing seven aces during the opening set but still lost it, Jankovic herself producing a dominant serving performance to take it thanks to two breaks.
Ana beat world No.41 Mara Santangelo 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She will meet fourth seed Jelena Jankovic in the last eight on Friday.
Ana, who is debuting a new adidas outfit here, slapped down 10 aces during the 91-minute match. A solitary break was all the Italian needed to clinch the opening set but after the initial setback Ana took firm control of the match and held serve throughout sets two and three.
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