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Ana and Maria Kirilenko comfortably beat top seeds Liezel Huber and Martina Navratilova in the first round of the J&S Cup doubles competition. The teenagers triumphed 6-2, 6-4 in a match that lasted 84 minutes.
Between them, Huber and Navratilova have amassed 187 doubles titles on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour; Ana and Kirilenko have won just two, but they underlined their quality with a fabulous win. They will play Iveta Benesova and Michaella Krajicek in the quarter-finals, after the Czech-Dutch pairing beat Marta Domachowska and Janette Husarova 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.
Ana beat home favourite Marta Domochowska 6-4, 7-5 to move into the second round of the J&S Cup.
In what was Ana's first clay court tournament in 11 months, the Serbian broke the Pole in the ninth game of the first set then held serve to seal the opener. Ana went a break down in the second set, before reeling off five out of the final six games to seal an encouraging straight sets victory.
Basel, April 28th, 2006 / After 18 months of cooperation Ana Invanovic and her coach Zoltan Kuharszky decided to come apart. The breakup takes place in mutual respect and without bad feelings. Zoltan wishes Ana the best and is persuaded that she will become one of the top ten players soon. Ana Ivanovic herself is grateful for the experience to be able to have worked with Zoltan. She consideres the past 18 months as very helpful for her career. First dialogues with potential candidates are due during the next days.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko have been drawn to play top seeds Liezel Huber and Martina Navratilova in the first round of the J&S Cup doubles competition in Warsaw.
Huber is the current doubles world No.5, while 49-year-old Navratilova has won a record 174 doubles titles.
Were they to overcome the hugely experienced pairing, Ana and Maria would face either Iveta Benesova and Michaella Krajicek or Marta Domachowska and Janette Husarova. Russians Elena Likhovtseva and Anastasia Myskina are the third seeds and possible semi-final opponents.
Ana has moved down three places in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. The fall comes as a result of the 88 points she accrued in last year’s J&S Cup being removed from her total.
Due to minor calendar changes, last year’s corresponding events took place 53 weeks ago, which is why Ana’s Warsaw points are removed. Whatever points she accrues in Poland this week will be offset by the removal of the one point she earned in Berlin last year.
Wei: Hello Ana, I know you do fancy Chinese food, so how about the probability for you come to the China Open this autumn held in Beijing? There are 1300000000 people could be your fans!
Ana: Hello Wei! My schedule for the autumn isn’t final yet but definitely I want to play sometime in China. I have an interest in Chinese history and I really want to visit the country. Thanks for your question. Regards, Ana.
Jan: What are you usually doing before a match?
Ana has been drawn against home favourite Marta Domachowska in the first round of the J&S Cup, which begins in Warsaw on Monday.
Ana has never before played the Polish 20-year-old, who is currently ranked 42 in the world. Given that Domachowska is the highest ranked home player, the match is likely to take place on the Central Court.
Ana was one of the many players that voted for pink in last weekend’s unique poll of players to choose the official new colour of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.
All players competing in last weekend’s ties, from the World Group to the Zonal competitions, were asked to choose between turquoise (blue), fuchsia (pink) and plum (purple).
“I like all three colours, I have played in all of them, but pink is my favourite,” said Ana.