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Ajimat: Do you know Russian?
Ana: I can recognise some Russian because it is similar to Serbian. Maria Kirilenko and I sometimes speak in a mixture of Serbian and Russian during doubles matches.
Donnie: When watching you at a recent tournament I noticed your habit of standing and facing the back of the court and then coming back to the baseline, almost like a boxer coming out of their corner. Is this a technique to focus and how long have you done this?
Ana will tomorrow be featured in World Sport on CNN International. The news channel followed Ana and her team during Wimbledon, where they had exclusive access to Ana's house and filmed a number of interviews with Ana and those close to her.
The feature of approximately eight minutes, which is expected to be shown in two parts during the half-hour show, will premiere at 10.30am Central European Time on CNN International tomorrow. It will be repeated later on Wednesday at 2.30pm CET, 10.30pm CET and on Thursday at 12.30am CET.
Ana has reached the top five for the first time in her career. The 19-year-old's semi-final showing at Wimbledon last week means that she is now at No.5 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings, which are published today.
"It's very exciting for me," said Ana. "At the start of the year my goal was to reach the top 10 and qualify for Madrid. I still have a lot of work to do to on the second one, but regarding rankings I'm really happy. Of course my goal is to go higher."
The winners of the June competition are Raghav Narayan of India, Monique Isaac of the United States and Alfredo Damonte of Italy. They correctly named Wimbledon as the Grand Slam at which Ana was a finalist during her junior career.
Congratulations to all three, they each receive a photograph signed by Ana and a Wison towel.
The July competition will be launched shortly.
Ana paid tribute to her conqueror Venus Williams after losing 6-2, 6-4 to the American in the semi-finals of Wimbledon.
“She was serving really well today," said Ana. "It was very hard for me to return. My serve was not as powerful so she could step up and use that to her advantage, and she did very well. She played some good tennis today."
Ana’s dream run at Wimbledon came to an end when she lost to three-time champion Venus Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals. Williams was outstanding, combining ruthless power-hitting with excellent defence and heavy serving.
On a windy afternoon, Ana a slow start, losing her first service game, just like she had in her match against Czech Nicole Vaidisova on Thursday. The American's deep shots unsettled the sixth seed.
Ana dedicated her amazing 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Nicole Vaidisova in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon to her army of supporters. The win is Ana's 18th in 20 matches and her fourth over a top 10-ranked player in the last six weeks. She reaches the semi-finals of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.
In a memorable match that lasted 115 minutes, Ana beat world No.10 Nicole Vaidisova 4-6 6-2 7-5 after saving three match points. She is now only one step away from reaching her second successive Grand Slam final.
Centre Court’s packed atmosphere did not represent an additional burden for Ana, as the No.6 seed superbly handled her first-ever appearance on Wimbledon’s main stadium.