The latest news about Ana!

Toronto photos Aug 19th 2007

Images of Ana in action in the Rogers Cup are now in the Gallery.

The Verano Motors Signing album has also been updated.

Video diary Aug 18th 2007

Shortly before leaving Toronto Ana filmed a short video message for her supporters. Click here to watch (video opens in your default media player or right-click and "Save Target As" to download).

The Divx codec is required to play the video. It can be downloaded here.

Ana named among world's sexiest Aug 17th 2007

FHM in Serbia has named Ana the third sexiest woman on the planet. Ana finished third in the magazine's poll, behind actresses Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie.

The teenager polled just 200 votes less than Jolie who was second. Alba received 31,800 votes in the reader survey that lasted five months.

Ana has won several "!sexiest female tennis player" polls in the past, including those held by The Sun, The Tennis Channel and tennisreporers.net.

ACE Magazine feature Aug 16th 2007

Ana is on the cover of the new issue of ACE Tennis Magazine in Britain.

In the four-page feature Ana talks exclusively about her meteoric rise to the upper echelons of women's tennis, coaching and life on the tour, among other topics.

The following is an extract:

Updated: Ana suffers shock defeat Aug 16th 2007

Ana was surprisingly beaten 6-3, 6-1 by China's Zi Yan in the second round of the Rogers Cup.

Yan played the match of her life, making only a handful of errors and peppering the lines as she gave the defending champion no time or rhythm.

Yan, a Grand Slam champion in doubles, played well above her ranking of 169. She simply didn't miss, and when Ana took the pace off her shots in an attempt to stabilise the match, Yan hit winners.

Her intensity was outstanding. She proved to be a nightmare opening round opponent for Ana, who never got out of first gear.

Los Angeles photos Aug 15th 2007

Images of Ana during the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles, which she won, are now in the Gallery.

Los Angeles Power Index Aug 15th 2007

The latest Power Index results from Los Angeles are in and, as forecasted, Ana’s power game registered high in the final standings. Ana, the tournament champion, finished third with an overall score of 95.6 mph, which was unmistakably attributable to her booming first serve and monstrous forehand.

Rogers Cup retrospective Aug 14th 2007

The 2006 Rogers Cup saw Ana etch her name alongside an impressive list of former champions, including Justine Henin, Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Moreover, in the final Ana defeated 1999 and 2000 champion Martina Hingis.

The win served as a major milestone in Ana’s career as it was her first Tier I title. In addition, the Rogers Cup is one of the most respected and storied championships on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour—only Wimbledon and the U.S. Open boast longer histories.

New career-best ranking Aug 13th 2007

Ana today reached her highest ever ranking. The 19-year-old has climbed one place to No.4 in the world after winning the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles yesterday.

Petrova: "Ana's forehand is the best by far" Aug 13th 2007

Nadia Petrova, whom Ana defeated 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the East West Bank Classic, gave a generous tribute to the teenager. She praised almost every aspect of Ana’s game.

“I would say she just rips it off without event thinking,” the world No.9 said about Ana’s instinctive forehand. “Comparing with any other players, it is the best forehand by far on tour.”