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Ana is 16th in the latest WTA singles rankings, which are published today.
In the WTA Championships Race to Istanbul Singles Rankings, which are based on points earned during 2013 only, Ana is 19th.
Current WTA top 20:
1 Serena Williams (USA) 13,260pts
2 Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 8,485pts
3 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 6,941pts
4 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 6,195pts
5 Na Li (Chn) 5,365pts
Austrian wild card Lisa-Maria Moser has withdrawn from the Generali Ladies Linz and is replaced by world No.9 Angelique Kerber.
This has caused a total shake-up of the draw, and Ana now meets Belgian world No.68 Yanina Wickmayer in the first round.
Ana is now seeded third and resides in the top half of the draw. She could meet second seed Sloane Stephens in the semi-finals.
Top seed Kerber has been placed in the bottom half of the draw.
Ana is seeded second at the Generali Ladies Linz and faces world No.44 Monica Niculescu in the first round. The tournament gets underway on Monday.
It will be the third meeting between the two players and Ana leads the head-to-head series 2-0. The 25-year-old will be hoping for another successful campaign in Austria: she has won the event twice, in 2008 and 2010.
If she reaches round two, Ana will take on either Romanian world No.74 Alexandra Cadantu or Austrian wild card Melanie Klaffner.
Ana fell to a surprise 6-4, 6-4 loss to Slovenian world No.76 Polona Hercog in the second round of the China Open.
The key to the match was Hercog's excellent serve. She won 79% of points on serve and didn't face any break points during the 77-minute match.
A single break in each set ended Ana's hopes in Beijing.
She will now head to Austria for the Generali Ladies Linz, an event she has won twice before.
Ana has chosen to begin her 2014 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland. The tournament, which commences on 30 December, will mark the 25-year-old's first ever visit to New Zealand.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to play the event. I've heard many good things about it.," said Ana.
Click here to watch an interview Ana gave to tournament director Karl Budge (new browser window opens).
Ana scored a satisfying 7-6(9), 6-1 victory over Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the China Open in Beijing. Ana recovered from a 5-1 deficit in the opening set as she won 12 of the last 14 games.
Though ranked 29th, Pennetta came into the match off the back of a run to the US Open semi-finals, during which time she beat four seeded players back-to-back. The Italian once enjoyed a ranking of 10th and she demonstrated her class by surging into a 5-1 lead, with two breaks of serve.
Ana has been drawn against world No.32 Flavia Pennetta in the first round of the China Open, which begins in Beijing on Saturday.
Italian Pennetta reached the US Open semi-finals earlier this month and has a career-best ranking of 10.
If she overcomes the challenge of the 31-year-old, Ana will take on either Monica Puig or a qualifier in round two of the 60-woman, $5,185,625 event.
Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska is a likely third round opponent, while seventh seed Angela Kerber could await in the quarter-finals.
Ana lost 6-4, 6-2 to world No.9 Angelique Kerber in the third round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. It was a frustrating defeat for the 25-year-old, who converted just one of her five break points and served seven double faults against a player she has beaten twice this year.
The opening game was one of the few bright spots from Ana in the match. She convincingly held serve to love - firing four first serves including an ace - but thereafter her serve began to falter. In fact, she won just two points on her second delivery during the opening set.