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The withdrawal of second seed Maria Sharapova has meant changes to the Rogers Cup draw. Ana will now face world No.24 Tatiana Golovin in what promises to be the tie of the first round.
Ana, who had previously been drawn to face Laura Granville in the first round of the Tier I event, has played Frenchwoman Golovin four times before and has won on all four occasions. They played each other twice in the space of 10 days during the indoor season last autumn with Ana winning in three sets in Zurich then 7-5, 6-3 in Linz.
Last month Ana was questioned by a fan named Ben in the Ask Ana section of the website as to why Golovin is such a tough competitor. She said: “She’s a very good player. She’s also very young and has a lot of potential. She’s very consistent and does not have many weaknesses. Every time I must take my chances against her.”
If she can overcome her fellow 18-year-old, Ana will play either China’s Jie Zheng, who triumphed in Stockholm this week, or Colombian Catalina Castano in round two. Ana is seeded to meet Italian Francesca Schiavone in the third round.
Defending champion Kim Clijsters is the top seed and a potential quarter-final opponent for Ana. The pair were due to meet in the third round of the event last year when it was held in Toronto, but Ana was forced to withdraw with a pectoral muscle injury.
Nicole Vaidisova and Dinara Safina are possible semi-final opponents, while Nadia Petrova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Martina Hingis and Anastasia Myskina are the leading seeds in the bottom half of the draw.
Wimbledon finalists Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne, who are world No.1 and No.3 respectively, have also withdrawn. Neither has played since the Championships in July.
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