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To celebrate Ana's runner-up finish at the French Open last week, we are launching a special competition in addition to the usual monthly prize draws.
The prizes are unique: one lucky winner will receive Ana's signed French Open player accreditation badge, while another will win one of the adidas dresses that Ana wore during Roland Garros, signed by the teenager.
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Even after losing the French Open final in disappointing fashion, it was impossible to keep the smile from Ana's face. Her stunning features and warm manner, that have lit up this tournament, were in evidence here one last time as she paid tribute to her conqueror Justine Henin and looked at the positives of a fabulous fortnight.
"I'm a bit angry because I definitely didn't play the way I can," said Ana with a smile. "But I have to give Justine a lot of credit. She was so strong today and even didn't give me any chances."
Ana’s fantastic Roland Garros adventure was eventually brought to an end with a 6-1 6-2 loss to world No.1 Justine Henin this afternoon, giving the Belgian a well-deserved third French Open singles title in a row and the fourth of her career.
Ana faces world No.1 and three-time champion Justine Henin in the final of Roland Garros this afternoon. Having thrashed world No.2 Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals, Ana's confidence is high but she knows the Belgian represents an altogether tougher test.
Earlier in the tournament Ana took part in a fun karaoke sketch for Roland Garros host broadcaster France 2. The 19-year-old 'performed' 'Upside Down' by Diana Ross.
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Ana cruised into the final of the French Open with a 6-2, 6-1 mashing of second seed Maria Sharapova in barely over an hour.
The 19-year-old will now face her sternest test in the biggest match of her young career so far when she faces world No.1 and two-time defending champion Justine Henin on Saturday.
It was a sizzling start from Ana straight from the first hit – a perfect ace up the T, setting the tone immediately for the entire match, and any early nerves were settled straight away with a comfortable hold.
Ana faces world No.2 Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals of the French Open on Thursday in the biggest match of her career so far. The blockbuster clash is scheduled to take place at 2pm local time (8am Eastern Time) on Court Philippe Chatrier.
After beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, Ana expressed her excitement at reaching the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
“I’m really excited to get so far, and the tournament is still not over,” said Ana, who has frequently been asked about her chances of winning here, but has always refused to look further than the next match – a formula that has worked well so far. “I am going to try and play my best each match I have.”
Ana scored one of the biggest wins of her career as she beat world No.3 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the last four of Roland Garros. It will be the 19-year-old's first appearance in a Grand Slam semi-final.
Ana played one of the best sets of her life to begin the match. She stormed through it, winning 6-0 in just 21 minutes. She made only two unforced errors and won all four points when she advanced to the net. Even more tellingly, she won 25 points to Kuznetsova's eight.