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Ana’s first opponent on this Tier I event is Tatiana Garbin from Italy, ranked 66th in the world. Garbin had to play qualifications to make it in the main draw. Ana never played her before.
Ana is fit and ready to restart her season. This is her debut in Toronto but she is undoubtedly going to do well. Her preparations in Zurich went very well. It was hard work, especially in the beginning. Ana worked a lot on her serve, because she wants to make new personal record (at Wimbledon she served 123mph, which was the fastest serve of the tournament).
The draw for the 2005 Rogers Cup edition at Toronto was released on Saturday August 14. Ana is seeded 12th and she will face Kveta Peschke in the 1st round.
Ana is in the top half of the draw and may possibly face Kim Clijsters in the 3rd round, Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 4th round, and Maria Sharapova or Serena Williams in the semi final.
This week Ana moved up one place to #19 in the in the world ranking released by the Women's Tennis Association on Monday. Ana did not play since Wimbledon because she is still under age restrictions.
Ana can boost her position further in Toronto next week.
After reaching 3rd round in her debut at Wimbledon, Ana entered the top 20 ranking for the first time.
Ana started the year ranked 97th and began the season by winning her first Tour singles title at Canberra as a qualifier. She reached her first Tier I quarter final at Miami, reached her first career Tier II semi final at Warsaw and reached quarter finals in her debut appearance at Roland Garros.
It is official, Ana fired the women's game fastest serve on wimbledon this year. Ana clocked 123 mph (196 km/h) in her second round match against Stephanie Foretz (FRA). Ana is ahead of Venus Williams (121 mph), Elena Baltacha (121 mph), Justine Henin-Hardenne (118 mph) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (117 mph).
Venus recorded the fastest serve in the WTA Tour history (128 mph) at the 1998 Zurich tournament.
Ana’s Wimbledon campaign came to an end when she and her Slovenian partner, Tina Krizan, were beaten 1-6, 3-6 by 4th seeds Nadia Petrova (RUS) and Meghann Shaughnessy (USA).
Ana had earlier lost in the singles third round.
Ana was not overly disappointed to exit Wimbledon at the third round stage. It was, after all, only her third grand slam as a senior player and she has dozens more ahead of her.
“She played really well so I have nothing to be disappointed about,” said Ana of her defeat by Mary Pierce. “This is a good result for me. This is my first year that I play grand slams and compete at this level so I’m really happy.”
Ana’s Wimbledon run came to an end today when she lost 6-1, 6-4 to Frenchwoman Mary Pierce. Ana did not play badly, rather her vastly more experienced opponent was simply too good.
“It was a good fight but today she played really good,” said Ana. “She didn’t give me too many chances. I had a few but I didn’t use them. I had a few mishits on some important points and I think that’s what turned the match. My serve didn’t work really well today. I think that was one of the points.”
Mary Pierce is into the last 16 with a 6-1 6-4 win over Ana.
The Frenchwoman broke Ana in the fourth and sixth games and, after squandering two set points in the seventh, served out the set.
Ana battled to get back into the match, but Pierce took control of the second set with a break in the fifth.
The world number 14 then served out the encounter at the first opportunity.
Mary Pierce stands in the way of Ana and an appearance in the second week of Wimbledon. The pair have never played each other before and Ana is expecting another stern test.
“Pierce is a great player, very experienced,” said Ana. “She played in the final in Paris [the French Open]. It’s going to be a tough match and I’m looking forward to playing my best game and trying to win.”
Ana is in doubles action again today. Alongside Tina Krizan she faces 14th seeds Eleni Daniilidou and Nicole Pratt. Ana is happy to be playing in the doubles competition.