The latest news about Ana!

David Taylor chat, part two Aug 27th 2006

Gavin Versi: What do you think about Ana’s US Open draw?

US Open top 16 seeds guide Aug 27th 2006

We take a look at how the leading ladies are shaping up ahead of the year's final Grand Slam. Please note that any opinions expressed are those of the author and are entirely independent of Ana

1 Amelie Mauresmo
The Frenchwoman has appeared in only one tournament since winning Wimbledon two months ago because of a shoulder injury. On her return to action in New Haven this week she lost 6-4, 7-5 to Lindsay Davenport. Her best ever showing in New York is a semi-final appearance in 2002.

2 Justine Henin-Hardenne

David Taylor chat, part one Aug 26th 2006

We recently caught up with Ana's coach David Taylor to talk about her Rogers Cup win and how their partnership is going

Gavin Versi: Hi David, thanks for taking the time to speak to us.
David Taylor: Anytime.

GV: Ana admitted she is surprised by how quickly she’s improved. Are you surprised?

US Open 2005 retrospective Aug 25th 2006

With the 2006 US Open just three days away, we take a look back at Ana’s performances at last year’s event

Round one – beat Lindsay Lee-Waters 7-6, 6-3

American television appearance Aug 25th 2006

Ana will appear on ESPN’s popular Cold Pizza programme tomorrow (Friday).

According to ESPN, Cold Pizza “combines a unique blend of sports, pop culture and lifestyle features”. The programme is subtitled “The Morning Show with Everything”.

The show will feature an exclusive interview with Ana and a serving demonstration, in which she will attempt to ace ESPN interviewer Josh Elliott.

Ana warms to Hawk-Eye Aug 24th 2006

After initial concerns about it being a distraction, Ana has fully embraced Hawk-Eye, the automatic line-calling system that was present at all US Open Series tournaments and will make its Grand Slam debut at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

“I find it very useful,” said Ana. “Even if you are wrong, it is a good feeling to know that the ball was definitely in or out.”

Updated: Dushevina in round one Aug 23rd 2006

Ana has been drawn against world No.71 Vera Dushevina in the first round of the US Open, which begins on Monday. Ana is the No.16 seed for the year’s final Grand Slam tournament.

It will be the pair’s second meeting in under a month and their fourth overall. Ana beat the Russian 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles three weeks ago.

Hingis: “There’s not much you can do” Aug 23rd 2006

Former world No.1 Martina Hingis was full of praise for Ana after being beaten 6-2, 6-3 by the 18-year-old in the final of the Rogers Cup.

“There’s not much you can do,” she said about playing Ana when she is on top form. “I felt like I was hitting some pretty good shots, decent shots to keep the rallies with her. But when you lose those points, you’re like, ‘Okay, what can I do, what more, what next?’ Some points in the second set I felt like I started reading her game better, I started playing better, but it was a little late.”

Updated: Ana up to No.17 Aug 22nd 2006

With her Rogers Cup victory in Montreal yesterday, which is worth 300 points, Ana moves up two places to No.17 in the new Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings. Consequently, she will be seeded in the top 16 for next week’s US Open. Standings that determine the eight qualifiers for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid (All players begin the year on ‘0’ and Ana now has 912pts), which sees her reside in 13th place, up six places from last week.

More reaction from Ana Aug 22nd 2006

Though Ana’s confidence is at an all-time high after her crushing
" >6-2, 6-3 triumph over Martina Hingis in the final of the Rogers Cup, she is putting no pressure on herself ahead of next week’s US Open.