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Although French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium withdrew from the Luxembourg Fortis Championships because of a hamstring injury the field for this tournament is still very strong. The event has been upgraded to a Tier II Tournament and some of the world's top-ranked players are taking part.
The top draw in the event includes:
1 Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS)
2 Kim CLIJSTERS (BEL)
3 Nadia PETROVA (RUS)
4 Patty SCHNYDER (SUI)
5 Nathalie DECHY (FRA)
6 Elena BOVINA (RUS)
7 Ana IVANOVIC (SCG)
8 Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK)
Ana and Novak Djokovic will represent Serbia and Montenegro in next year's Hopman Cup - international mixed teams event.
It will be the first time that Ana, ranked No. 18 in the world, will compete in the tournament. The Hopman Cup will start on the second of January 2005 in Perth.
Ana is back in Switzerland where she is spending a few days with Pierre Paganini, a former athlete and soccer player, also the fitness trainer (condition coach) for Roger Federer as well as for Swiss Davis Cup team. Paganini has been helping Ana for the last 6 months. They do a combination of strength and endurance work, circuit training, running and a wide range of exercises designed to practice all the movements Ana is likely to make on a tennis court.
As No. 16 Ana Ivanovic is the highest ranked player to make her debut at the US Open since No. 14 Jennifer Capriati in 1990, bettered only by Monica Seles (No. 12) in 1989 since the inception of computer rankings in 1975.
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Her US Open dream over, Ana will rest in order to fully recover from her shoulder injury. “I am going to take it easy. The most important thing is to get ready for the indoor season,” said Ana, who is scheduled to play her next competitive match in Luxembourg at the end of September.
Ana’s US Open campaign ended in the most frustrating circumstances when a shoulder injury contributed to her 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 defeat to Venezuelan Maria Vento-Kabchi in round two.
“It was so tough for me to serve,” said Ana. “Every time I had a high forehand I was thinking about the shoulder.”
Despite dropping only one game in their only previous meeting, Ana says she won’t be taking Maria Vento-Kabchi lightly. Ana faces her in round two after a solid 7-6, 6-3 win over Lindsay Lee-Waters.
“I played very good that match,” said Ana about her 6-1, 6-0 victory over the 72nd-ranked Venezuelan. “I know her a little bit. I have to concentrate on my footwork in order to get into the court and make the game. I mustn’t let her do that. Every opponent, if you let them play they might be dangerous.”
Playing in her first ever women’s US Open, Ana moved into the second round with a patchy 7-6, 6-3 win over American Lindsay Lee-Waters. In her first match back after a pectoral muscle strain Ana didn’t get close to playing her best tennis but got the job done.
“It wasn’t a high quality match but at the end of the day I’m happy I took my opportunities,” said Ana. “I was a bit nervous at the beginning, especially because of my shoulder injury last week. I wasn’t sure how that was going to go. I didn’t want to risk anything.”