The latest news about Ana!

Ana reaches quarters in Cincy Aug 15th 2014

Ana survived an intense battle against world No.24 Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The 26-year-old was ultra-efficient in the opening set, but had to bounce back from a break down in the decider to eventually prevail 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in one hour and 54 minutes.

Ana made a rather slow start on Court 3. She was broken in the opening game and faced two more break points which would have put a 3-0 lead for the 29-year-old Russian on the scoreboard.

Ana rolls into round three Aug 14th 2014

Ana swept in round three of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over world No.45 Christina McHale.

The first set was somewhat tight, with Ana scoring a pivotal break in the final game. Thereafter, it was a different story: Ana reeled off seven straight games to complete victory.

She served four aces (no double faults) and hit 15 winners and 16 unforced errors.

Ana gets back to winning ways Aug 12th 2014

Ana reached the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a 6-1, 7-5 win over world No.80 Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Encouragingly, she showed no signs of the hip injury that hampered her in her previous two tournaments.

In today’s published WTA rankings, Cirstea suffered a giant fall of 44 spots following her round one exit in Montreal last week, and was also during the match immediately put on the backfoot by Ana, who emerged victorious in 67 minutes.

Ana on cover of Bella NYC next month Aug 10th 2014

Ana will be on the cover of Bella NYC fashion magazine next month.

The 26-year-old was photographed by John Russo in Napa a fortnight ago. The issue hits the newstands on September 3.

Ana is also on the cover of the Long Island edition of the magazine, also pictured here.

Ana vs Cirstea in Cincinnati Aug 8th 2014

Ana has been drawn against her best friend, world No.36 Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Ana leads the head-to-head 2-1 against the Romanian, but lost their last meeting, on clay at the Fed Cup earlier this year.

If she reaches round two, Ana will take on either American Christina McHale or a qualifier. Seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard is a potential third round opponent.

Ana loses Vandeweghe battle Aug 7th 2014

In a match that finished after midnight, Ana fell to world No.51 Coco Vandeweghe in the second round of the Rogers Cup. The 2006 Montreal champion lost 6-7(7), 7-6(7), 6-4.

The first set went entirely on serve and so a tiebreak was required to settle it. Despite the dominance of serve during the set, the first four points of the breaker went against serve. Ana eventually won points on serve and scored a mini-break that led to her taking the opening set.

Ana cruises past Bacsinszky Aug 5th 2014

Ana powered past world No.82 Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-2 in the first roud of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

It was a dominant performance by the new world No.10, who quickly opened up a 5-0 lead and scored an early break in the second set of the 72-minute match.

Ana will take on 51st-ranked Coco Vandeweghe of the United States in the second round on Wednesday, after the 23-year-old defeated fellow qualifier Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-4.

Ana returns to the top 10 Aug 4th 2014

It has been a long wait - and at times a real struggle - but after more than five years, Ana is back in the top 10 in the world rankings.

The 26-year-old swapped places with Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, rising from No.11 to 10th, following her quarter-final appearance in the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford last week.

Rogers Cup draw Aug 2nd 2014

Ana is seeded ninth at the Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank, which begins in Montreal on Monday. She will face a qualifier in round one.

Should she reach the second round, another qualifier or China's Shuai Zhang will await. In the third round Ana could face compatriot and seventh seed Jelena Jankovic.

Second seed Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon last month, is a possible quarter-final opponent, while No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska and No.8 Victoria Azarenka are possible adversaries in the semi-finals.

Ana loses Serena thriller Aug 2nd 2014

Ana was edged out 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 by world No.1 Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

It was a gripping encounter. Ana played a superb opening set as she opened up a 5-1 lead, then served it out, losing just five points on serve during the set.

Williams hadn't performed well in the first set, although that was largely due to Ana's relentless hitting on the quick court. The American steadied the ship at the beginning of the second set and, almost inevitably, quickly earned a break.