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Ana has been drawn against world No.71 Vera Dushevina in the first round of the US Open, which begins on Monday. Ana is the No.16 seed for the year’s final Grand Slam tournament.
It will be the pair’s second meeting in under a month and their fourth overall. Ana beat the Russian 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles three weeks ago.
She also defeated the 19-year-old in straight sets in the first round of Wimbledon last year. Dushevina, who has been ranked as high as 31 in the world, won the pair’s opening two matches, at the junior French Open in 2003 and in Dubai qualifying last year.
Provided Ana overcomes Dushevina, she will face either Melinda Czink, against whom she won her first ever title in Canberra, or Aiko Nakamura in the second round.
No.17 seed Daniela Hantuchova is a possible third round opponent, provided the Slovakian wins a projected second round match against two-time former champion Serena Williams. It is unusual to find such a high-quality encounter in the second round of a Grand Slam and highlights the strength of Ana’s section of the draw.
Ana is seeded to meet top seed and world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo in the quarter-finals. Remarkably, it would be Ana’s eighth match against the Frenchwoman since January of last year.
Martina Hingis, whom Ana beat 6-2, 6-3 in the Rogers Cup final, is a possible quarter-final opponent. The top seeds in the second quarter of the draw, whom Ana could play in the semi-finals, include Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova.
Justine Henin-Hardenne, Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Patty Schnyder are the leading seeds in the bottom half of the draw and cannot play Ana until the final.
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