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Ana produced a near flawless display of power hitting as she crushed world No.13 Patty Schnyder 6-0, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The 19-year-old played outraegously well, totally overwhelming the Swiss player in just 47 minutes.
Ana, who had had just one practice session in Stuttgart ahead of the match, looked supremely focused from the very first point. A stinging crosscourt backhand winner on the second point set the tone for the match. She took Schnyder apart with a barrage of winners off both wings.
Ana faces world No.13 Patty Schnyder in the opening round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix today. It will be the pair's seventh meeting.
It is a devilishly difficult draw for the 19-year-old. Not only is it extremely uncommon for the world No.5 to meet the No.13 in the opening round of an event, but Ana trails the Swiss player 4-2 in past matches. In fact, Schnyder won the first eight sets they played, before Ana scored her first victory over the 28-year-old in Warsaw last year.
Ana's victory in the FORTIS Championships in Luxembourg last week sees her rise to No.5 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings. During the course of the tournament she became the fourth woman to qualify for the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid.
The 19-year-old overtakes Anna Chakvetadze to move within one spot of her career-best ranking. She is in action again this week in Stuttgart, and will move ahead of fourth-placed Maria Sharapova if she reaches the semi-finals or better.
Ana has been handed a very challenging draw at next week's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. The 19-year-old is seeded fifth and faces world No.13 Patty Schnyder in the first round. Ana and the Swiss player enjoy a keen rivalry: Schnyder leads the head-to-head series 4-2, but Ana has won the last two encounters.
Should she overcome the 28-year-old, Ana will face a qualifier in the second round. Fourth seed Anna Chakvetadze is her projected quarter-final opponent, while second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova could await in the semi-finals.
Ana credited the support of the crowd for helping her record a thrilling 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Daniela Hantuchova in the final of the FORTIS Championships.
“The public was just amazing today,” said Ana, who captured her third title of the season and the fifth of her career. “They really helped me to get through the second set.
Ana once again demonstrated her supreme mental strength as she fought back from a 3-6, 0-3 deficit to defeat world No.10 Daniela Hantuchova in the final of the FORTIS Championships. The 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win is Ana's 12th over a top-10 ranked player this season and she clinches her third title in five months.
Ana scored an accomplished 6-4, 6-2 win over world No.27 Vera Zvonareva to reach the final of the FORTIS Championships. Ana had twice lost in straight sets to the Russian this year, so it was an especially satisfying win.
23-year-old Zvonareva, who was ranked in the top 10 when Ana first played her in 2005, was expected to provide a severe test, despite the gulf in rankings. Ana had to be on her game from the beginning, and she made a good start, earning two break points in the second game, which she could not convert.
After her 6-1, 6-2 victory over Tatiana Golovin in Luxembourg, Ana has qualified for the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid. With 2,972 points, she is the fourth player to be confirmed for the season-ending event and joins Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Ana scored a highly impressive 6-1, 6-2 win over world No.19 Tatiana Golovin in the quarter-finals of the FORTIS Championships. The second seed gave a masterful performance, totally outplaying the Frenchwoman as she completed victory in a super-quick 57 minutes.
A close encounter was anticipated, given that three of the pair's previous matches had gone to three sets - and Golovin had won their last encounter - but Ana overwhelmed her opponent with a flurry of winners. She was virtually unplayable and served four aces during a completely one-sided affair.
Ana will take on world No.19 Tatiana Golovin in the quarter-finals of the FORTIS Championships on Friday. It will be the second seed's seventh meeting with the Frenchwoman - she leads the head-to-head series 5-1.
Ana has beaten Golovin, who is also aged 19, three times on indoor hard courts such as those at the CK Sportcenter Kockelscheuer. However, Golovin won the pair's last meeting on clay in Amelia Island earlier this year.