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Ask Ana #9 May 10th 2006

Alex: Ana, you have spoken in the past of your high regard for men's world # 1 Roger Federer. Have you ever had the chance to speak with him?
Ana: Hi Alex. We had a chance to talk a little bit in Melbourne this year. He’s a great guy. It was great because some time ago I was admiring him, he was a big star for me and then I was chatting to him like a friend! We talked about tennis, practice and things like that. Regards, Ana.

Keith: Hey Ana, In your short but highly successful career, is there one particular match that is your favorite?

Injury update May 9th 2006

Ana had an ultrasound scan after retiring through injury against Na Li this afternoon. The results are encouraging: she did not pull the muscle in her left thigh, instead it appears to be a slight tear. That Ana retired when she did, rather than attempt to finish the match, which she was leading 6-1, was crucial to not worsening the injury.

Updated: Injury forces Ana to retire against Li May 9th 2006

Ana was forced to retire while leading Na Li 6-1 in the first round of the Qatar Telecom German Open. The 18-year-old injured her left thigh, which required strapping late in the first set.

It was a desperately unfortunate turn of events for Ana, who was dominating her opponent, hammering winners off both wings.

The opening two games were shared, but thereafter Ana stormed ahead of the Chinese, overwhelming the 24-year-old, who was runner-up in Estoril last week, with her sheer aggression. She also served very strongly and won several points at the net.

Ana stays at No.20 May 8th 2006

Ana remains at No.20 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. However, her points tally has increased, thanks to her quarter-final appearance in last week's J&S Cup in Warsaw.

Furthermore, Ana rises six places in the Porsche Race to No.17. Her doubles ranking also goes up 14 places to No.84, after she and Maria Kirilenko reached the semi-finals in Poland.

The main change inside the singles top 10 sees Justine Henin-Hardenne go from No.5 to No.7.

Updated: Na Li test for Ana May 7th 2006

Ana has been drawn to play China’s Na Li in the first round of the Qatar Telecom German Open, which begins on Monday. It will be Ana’s first meeting with the world No.70, who was runner-up in this week’s Estoril Open.

Doubles defeat for Ana and Maria May 6th 2006

Ana and Maria Kirilenko lost their J&S Cup semi-final against third seeds Elena Likhovtseva and Anastasia Myskina.

The teenagers went down 6-3, 6-4 to the experienced Russian pair.

The defeat marks the end of Ana's Warsaw campaign. Despite a disappointing loss to Anna Chakvetadze, it has been a very positive tournament for Ana.

In singles and doubles she won a total of four matches, including two stunning victories: against erstwhile nemesis Patty Schnyder, and versus top seeds Martina Navratilova and Liezel Huber.

Ana and Maria reach doubles semis May 5th 2006

Ana put the disappointment of a quarter-final defeat to Anna Chakvetadze behind her by teaming up with Maria Kirilenko for an impressive doubles win.

The teenage pairing beat Iveta Benesova and Michaella Krajicek 6-2, 6-3 to move into the last four of the J&S Cup.

Tomorrow's match, against Russian third seeds Elena Likhovtseva and Anastasia Myskina, will be the second successive time Ana and Maria have played a doubles semi-final together. The pair reached the same stage in the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo three months ago.

Ana felled by Chakvetadze May 5th 2006

Ana lost her J&S Cup quarter-final against Anna Chakvetadze. The world No.34 triumphed 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in a topsy-turvy match.

Ana began where she had left off against Patty Schynder in the previous round and raced into a 4-1 lead.

Though Ana wrapped up the opening set, her level began to drop, perhaps inevitably after the excitement of yesterday's win. The Russian's confidence soared as she began to find the corners of the court.

From 2-1 behind in the second set, Chakvetadze reeled off seven straight games to move 2-0 ahead in the deciding set.

Live coverage of Chakvetadze match May 5th 2006

Ana's J&S Cup quarter-final against Anna Chakvetadze has been scheduled as the second match on the Central Court on Friday. It is expected to begin sometime after 1pm Central European time.

Ana has played Chakvetadze three times before, most recently in Indian Wells two months ago, when she triumphed 6-3, 6-3. Ana also won their other two meetings, on hard courts in the Batumi tournament on the ITF Women's Circuit, and on clay in Rome last year.

We are hoping to bring you live game-by-game commentary of the match on this website. It will be televised live on Eurosport.

Ana conquers Schnyder May 4th 2006

Ana scored one of the most important wins of her career so far today, when she defeated second seed Patty Schnyder 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the J&S Cup.

Ana came into the match against the world No.8 with a miserable 0-4 head-to-head record, but radiated positivity as she hit a flurry of breathtaking inside-out forehands during the opening set.

The pair traded breaks in the fifth and sixth games, before Ana broke again to move 5-3 ahead, crying ‘ajde!’ as she did so. Ana sealed the set – the very first in nine against the left-hander – on her second set point.