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Ana’s ranking is unchanged at a career-high No.4 after publication of the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings.
The 19-year-old has just one event remaining in 2007: the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid. In order for her to climb to third place she must at least reach the final. Winning the event could see her rise to as high as No.2.
World No.18 Tatiana Golovin played superbly to beat Ana 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the Zürich Open. The fifth seed was poorl and the Frenchwoman took full advantage to score only her second win over Ana in eight matches.
Ana started brightly enough, earning a host of break point opportunities in the opening game, but she was unable to string together two good points in a row.
Golovin surged into a 3-0 lead, but Ana hit back and levelled at 3-3.
Ana faces world No.18 Tatiana Golovin in the second round of the Zurich Open on Wednesday. It will be the third meeting between the pair during 2007 and the eighth of their careers – even though they are both still teenagers.
Ana leads the head-to-head series 6-1, including a stunning 6-1, 6-2 demolition of the Frenchwoman in Luxembourg three weeks ago.
Ana moves up one place to No.4 in the new Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings, which are published today. She returns to her highest ever ranking, overtakeing former world No.1 Maria Sharapova for the first time in her career.
Ana's ascent comes as a result of the Russian failing to defend the points she earned in Moscow 12 months ago – she was defeated in straight sets in the second round of last week's Kremlink Cup by Viktoria Azarenka.
2006 champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Zurich Open, which begins on Monday. The draw therefore changes, with Ana taking the place of the Russian and receiving a bye into the second round.
World No.12 Marion Bartoli takes Ana's original place in the draw. What this means is that the 19-year-old, now seeded No.4, will face either Tatiana Golovin or Maria Kirilenko in round two. Bartoli would be a possible quarter-final opponent.
Please note that the draw has changed since this story was written
Ana will meet a qualifier in the first round of the Zurich Open, a Tier I event that begins on Monday.
Ana herself conducted the draw during a lively ceremony at the adidas area of the Jelmoli department store in the centre of the city. She was assisted by several children, who eagerly picked out the balls that contained the names of players.
The adidas Women website outlines some of Ana's training methods. The beautifully designed pages include an exclusive interview, two short clips of drills Ana performs to improve her reflexes, wallpapers and a special training podcast.
Click here to go to the website.
Ana recently filmed a lesson in how to serve for Sports Illustrated for Kids.
Click here to watch the video.
A print article outlining Ana's service tuition will be published in the next issue of SI Kids. We will post it here shortly.
Photo: Manuela Davies / doubleXposure.com
Ana is unchanged at No.5 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings, which are published today. She is just 60 points adrift of fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova, and 300 behind Jelena Jankovic who is third.
Ana's next tournament is the Tier I Zurich Open, which begins on Monday 15 October.
Meanwhile, the excellent 12-minute CNN feature, filmed with Ana during Wimbledon, is now available for download (video opens in your default media player or right-click and "Save Target As" to download).