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Ana defeated world No.5 Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-3 to keep alive her BNP Paribas WTA Finals campaign in Singapore. The 26-year-old triumphed after an hour and 24 minutes and faces fourth seed Simona Halep in a decisive group finale on Friday.
Coming into the match, Bouchard was the only player in Singapore whom Ana had not defeated: she held an 0-2 win-loss record against the Canadian.
Ana quickly went about reversing the trend. She broke Bouchard at the first attempt and opened up a 3-0 lead.
Ana takes on Eugenie Bouchard at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore on Wednesday. Defeat for either player would mean near-certain elimination from the event.
Canadian Bouchard has a 2-0 head-to-head lead against Ana, beating her 6-3, 6-3 at Wimbledon last year and in three sets at the Australian Open in January. In fact, Bouchard is the only player in Singapore whom Ana has not beaten.
Ana fell 6-4, 6-4 to world No.1 Serena Williams in her first round-robin match at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore. Playing the opening match of the tournament in a great atmosphere, the 26-year-old could not exploit her scarce chances, and that proved fatal against arguably the greatest player of all-time.
Ana has been drawn alongside top seed Serena Williams, Romanian world No.4 Simona Halep and fifth seed Eugenie Bouchard at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
The season-ending spectacle comprises two groups of four. Ana is in the Red group, while the White group comprises Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki.
Ana is confident that the hip injury that has plagued her throughout the season, causing withdrawals/retiremements from the Paris, Wuhan and Linz tournaments, will not be a factor at the WTA Finals.
The 26-year-old departed Europe for Singapore yesterday night in order to compete in the elite season-ending event for the first time since 2008.
Ana has been recognised as SPORTO Female Brand Of the Year 2013 in a public poll in the Adriatic region.
Awarded since 2007 and presented by the Slovenian Marketing Association, the SPORTO Awards are given to the most recognised, respected and successful athletes and sports clubs in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia.
Other winners in the 2013 awards included world No.1 Novak Djokovic and footballer Mario Mandzukic.