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Ana will face five-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the first round of the FORTIS Championships, which begins on Monday. Ana is seeded sixth for what is the opening tournament of the European indoor season.
Ana has played the American once before, a memorable second round clash in Zurich two years ago, which Williams won in two tiebreak sets. Williams has not played since Wimbledon and missed last month’s US Open with a left wrist injury.
If she can overcome the world No.44, Ana will play either Mara Santangelo or a qualifier in the second round. Top seed Elena Dementieva, who took a wild card into the event, is a possible quarter-final opponent.
Third seed Patty Schnyder could await in the semi-finals, while Nadia Petrova, Dinara Safina, Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Mary Pierce are the seeded players in the bottom half of the draw. Ana could not play any of them until the final.
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