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We profile some of the players Ana might come up against over the next fortnight:
1. Justine Henin
Following the successful defence of her Roland Garros and Eastbourne titles, the world No.1 arrives at this year’s Wimbledon hoping to win the only major title missing from her resume. Last year Henin equaled her achievement of 2001 by reaching the final, but once again she fell short in the deciding match. She is currently on an 11-match winning streak and will take some stopping.
2. Maria Sharapova
After capturing the title in 2004, when she became the first Russian to win the event, Sharapova has reached the semi-finals of the last two championships. In preparation for this year’s tournament the 20-year-old played in Birmingham, where she lost to Jelena Jankovic in a tight three-set final. Her 2007 grand slam results have been impressive, with semi-final showings in both Melbourne and Paris, but she is yet to win a title this year.
3. Jelena Jankovic
Jankovic is one of the few top players who took part in two lead-up tournaments before Wimbledon. She continued her impressive form by defeating Maria Sharapova in last week’s Birmingham final to capture her first ever title on grass. The Belgrade native was then runner-up to Anna Chakvetadze in Holland this week. Last year Jankovic achieved her best ever result at the All England Club by reaching the fourth round.
4. Amelie Mauresmo
The defending champion comes into this year’s event having lost in the early rounds at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros. However, she has had her best grand slam results at SW19, reaching the semis on three occasions as well winning the title last year, and she appeared to be back to her best in Eastbourne this week – the Frenchwoman lost a third set tiebreak to Henin.
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova
A two time quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, Kuznetsova did not play a warm-up tournament before this year’s Championships. The Russian sustained an injury at Roland Garros, where she was beaten in the quarter-finals by Ana, and will go into Wimbledon under something of an injury cloud.
7. Serena Williams
The big-hitting American has had a successful year at the grand slams so far, winning the Australian Open and reaching the quarter-finals of Roland Garros. The Wimbledon champion in 2002 and 2003 will start her grass court season at the All England Club having not played a competitive match on grass in two years.
8. Anna Chakvetadze
The Russian has cemented her spot in the top 10 this year and has reached the quarter-finals of both the Australian and French Opens. Chakvedatze won the Ordina Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch yesterday, so she looks primed to better her previous best result at Wimbledon, which came last year when she reached the third round.
9. Martina Hingis
Winner of the 1997 Championships, the Swiss Miss has had little match play of late with her last event being the Qatar Telecom German Open in May. Last year saw Hingis return to Wimbledon after a four year hiatus from the game, but it wasn’t the most pleasant comeback for the five-time grand slam champion as she was knocked out in the third round by Japan’s Ai Sugiyama.
10. Daniela Hantuchova
The Slovakian kicked off her grass court campaign in decent fashion with a quarterfinals appearance in last week’s Birmingham tournament. She also performed impressively in this week’s 's-Hertogenbosch event, where she beat Ana. The 24-year-old has made it past the first round in all six of her visits to the All England Club, with her best effort coming in 2002 when she reached the quarter-finals.
11. Nadia Petrova
After missing last year's tournament, the Russian heads into this year's Championships hoping to collect an abundance of ranking our points. Despite early exits at both Melbourne Park and Roland Garros, Petrova will fancy her chances of progressing far in the tournament, as proven by her quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon in 2005. She retired injured while losing to Mauresmo in Eastbourne this week – her fourth mid-match withdrawal this season.
12. Elena Dementieva
Dementieva was a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last year. She reached the eight in Eastbourne last week, but got whipped 6-1, 6-0 by Marion Bartolo. Her 2007 results have been mixed so far, with a win on the clay courts at Istanbul the obvious highlight.
13. Dinara Safina
Ana's third round victim in last year's event, Safina has yet to progress further than the third round at Wimbledon. She narrowly lost to Jankovic in the semi-finals in Holland this week.
14. Nicole Vaidisova
The Czech teenager had another successful Grand Slam campaign at Roland Garros, reaching the quarterfinals for the third time at a major. This week’s Eastbourne tournament saw Vaidisova get her grass season underway with another quarter-final appearance. Last year’s visit to the fourth round is her best achievement in only two visits to Wimbledon. Despite her lofty ranking she is yet to reach the final of a Tier II event or higher.
15. Patty Schnyder
The second ranked Swiss has had little success at Wimbledon, reaching the third round on only one occasion. Following her second round of 16 result at a major this year in Paris, Schnyder headed to Wimbledon without having played any competitive matches on grass.
16. Shahar Peer
The Israeli No.1 has been a second round casualty at the last two championships. With strong performances at this year’s first two grand slams, Peer began her 2007 grass season by progressing through to the quarter-finals at Eastbourne.
17. Tatiana Golovin
Skipping her home grand slam last month due to injury, Golovin is another player who will not play on a grass court till she reaches Wimbledon. The 2004 Championships saw the Frenchwoman achieve her best result at the Grand Slam: she reached the fourth round.
18. Na Li
The highest ranked player from China made history at last year’s Wimbledon when she became the first person from her country to qualify for the quarter-finals of a grand slam. Making her achievement more impressive was the fact that it was her debut year at the tournament because up until two years ago China held its national championships during Wimbledon fortnight. Na Li continued her impressive grass court form last week by reaching the quarter-finals in Birmingham, where she lost to Italian Mara Santangelo.
19. Marion Bartoli
The third round in 2004 is Bartoli’s best result at Wimbledon in four appearances at the event. Last week saw Bartoli reach the semi finals in Birmingham, while this week she reached the last four in Eastbourne
20. Katarina Srebotnik
Qualifying for the third round at both the Australian and French Opens, Srebotnik comes into Wimbledon after a first round loss at 's-Hertogenbosch. The Slovenian has been knocked out in the third round at the last two Championships.
21. Sybille Bammer
The super mum of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour made her Wimbledon debut at last year's tournament and lost in the third round. Bammer played Eastbourne this week: she lost to Nadia Petrova in a close three-set quarter-final.
22. Tathiana Garbin
Despite being a first round victim at this week’s Eastbourne event, Garbin has been having probably the best season of her career. However, the 29-year-old does not have the best of records at Wimbledon, with 2006 being the first year she made it into the second round.
23. Anabel Medina Garrigues
On the back of her fourth round loss to Ana at Roland Garros, the Spaniard was knocked out in the first round at 's-Hertogenbosch by Elena Vesnina. As far as results go, Wimbledon has been her worst grand slam, with a third round appearance at last year’s tournament her best result so far.
24. Venus Williams
Her three titles (2000, 2001 and 2005) and two final appearances (2002 and 2003) have seen the All England Club push the American up the seedings from her current ranking of 31. Arguably the most dangerous player among the lower seeds, Venus has decided to skip the lead-up tournaments before these Championships, despite playing little tennis in the last 12 months.
25. Alona Bondarenko
This year will be the Ukrainian’s third at Wimbledon. She made the third round in 2005 and lost in the first round last year. In an effort to ensure that she will be around after the first two days at this year’s Championships, Bondarenko played in both Birmingham and 's-Hertogenbosch, to help build her confidence on the grass. She made it to the quarterfinals at both events, losing to Jankovic on each occasion.
26. Lucie Safarova
The Czech has proven to be Mauresmo’s nemesis this year, knocking her out of both the Australian and French Opens. Her best result at a Grand Slam came at Melbourne Park this year when she reached her first ever quarter-final. Safarova has only once played at Wimbledon, back in 2005, when she lost in the first round. This year's grass court preparation saw her make it through to the second round at Eastbourne before losing to Austria’s Sybille Bammer in three sets.
27. Ai Sugiyama
This year will be Sugiyama’s 15th Wimbledon campaign, with a quarterfinal spot in 2004 being her best achievement to date. Last year Sugiyama was a shock third round winner over 12th seed Hingis. Sugiyama has had a forgettable grass season so far this year, losing in the first round in both Birmingham and Eastbourne.
28. Samantha Stosur
The world doubles No.2 best result at Wimbledon came last year when she made it to the second round of the Championships. This week’s Eastbourne tournament saw the Australian lose a tight three set match against Vaidisova in the first round.
29. Mara Santangelo
The Italian started off her grass court season very well by reaching the semi-finals in Birmingham. She then lost in the second round to Mauresmo at Eastbourne. The Italian has only won one match in two main draw appearances at SW19.
30. Francesca Schiavone
Having losing in the first round in the last two championships, Schiavone made it through to the second round at 's-Hertogenbosch last week, where she lost to Chakvetadze. A third round showing in 2003 is the highlight of her history at the All England Club.
31. Olga Poutchkova
This year will be Poutchkova’s first Wimbledon; she only made her Grand Slam debut at last year’s US Open. Her grass court form this year has not been very encouraging, with first round losses at both Birmingham and 's-Hertogenbosch.
32. Michaella Krajicek
After winning her home event in 's-Hertogenbosch last year, Krajicek was a surprise first round loser at her first Wimbledon Championships last year. This week the young Dutch player was defeated by Safina in round two in Holland.
By Chris Gilbert
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