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Ana captured her second career title – and her first at Tier I level – by thrashing former world No.1 Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rogers Cup.
Ana, clad in an attractive light orange adidas top and black skirt, played a peach of a match. She completely overwhelmed the world No.13 in a 59-minute display of relentless power.
With this victory, undoubtedly the greatest accomplishment of her career so far, Ana wins the US Open series, which effectively means that she was the best player during the pre-US Open American hard court season.
Former world No.1 Martina Hingis, Ana’s opponent in today’s Rogers Cup final, is not underestimating the 18-year-old.
“She’s a very good player, very high potential,” said Hingis, who has never before played Ana. “She’s definitely impressed this week.
“You can see she’s training really hard. She has the fitness and a new coach and it must be working for her.”
Rain has caused Ana's Rogers Cup final against Martina Hingis to be postponed until Monday.
Ana's first ever Tier I final will begin at 2pm local time (8pm Central European Time).
Earlier on Sunday Ana http://www.anaivanovic.com/?path=news/ticker&matchdetail=34
" >beat Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-4 to reach her first ever Tier I final. She won the last five games of the match, having trailed 4-1 in the second set.
Ana took just 13 minutes to win the final three games of her rain-delayed Rogers Cup semi-final against Dinara Safina. She will face former world No.1 Martina Hingis in her first ever Tier I final later today.
" >Resuming the match at 6-1, 3-4, Ana held easily then converted her first break point of the day to move 5-4 up. She sealed victory on her third match point.
Provided there is no more rain the final should take place sometime after 5pm local time (11pm Central European Time).
Play was suspended overnight at the Rogers Cup as Ana led ninth seed Dinara Safina 6-1, 3-4 in their semi-final match.
Ana raced through the opening set. She was virtually unplayable as she produced some of her finest tennis yet to render the Russian a virtual spectator. The set was Ana’s in just 23 minutes. Fittingly, she sealed it with her third ace.
Ana takes on ninth seed Dinara Safina in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup tonight. The match is scheduled to take place on the Court Central at 7pm local time (1am Sunday Central European Time). It will be screened live on Eurosport 2.
Ana is appearing in the last four of a singles competition for the first time this year. Playing in only her third tournament since beginning work with coach David Taylor, Ana meets Safina for the second time in two months: she beat the Russian http://www.anaivanovic.com/?path=news&tablepage=8&detailpage=377
Speaking shortly after her impressive 6-4, 6-4 victory over Katarina Srebotnik, Ana said she was happy with her game and the progress she is making under the guidance of her coach David Taylor.
“I’m very excited to be in the semi-finals, but most of everything I’m very excited to be here and to play good tennis,” said Ana. “And I think today was really a good match.
Ana is into her first singles semi-final of the year at the Tier I Rogers Cup after overwhelming world No.24 Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 6-4. It was a remarkable display of power hitting by the 13th seed.
Ana, wearing her new black adidas two-piece outfit, made a shaky start and was broken in her first service game. She double faulted to hand the Slovenian a 2-0 lead.
But the 18-year-old appeared to settle in the next game. She hit two thumping forehand down-the-line winners off Srebotnik serves and converted her first break point.
Ana and Maria Kiirlenko lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to second seeds Cara Black and Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup doubles competition on Thursday.
The teenagers were broken in the opening game of the match and, after an exchange of breaks, lost the opening set 6-4, the second seeds sealing it with an ace.
Ana and Maria hit back, winning twice as many points as the more experienced team in the second set, as they levelled at one set apiece.
But the more senior pairing's experience paid off and they clinched the third set, and with it the match.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko's doubles quarter-final has been rescheduled to take place on the Court Central at the Uniprix Stadium.
After their impressive 6-0, 7-6 victory over sixth seeds Li Ting and Tiantian Sun, the teenagers face No.2 seeds Cara Black and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, both of whom are ranked in the top 10 in the world for doubles.
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