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Ana will take part in an exhibition match against world No.20 Agnes Szavay on December 10. The match will be the best of three sets, with a first-to-10 Super Tiebreak replacing a traditional third set.
Ana beat home favourite Anne Kremer 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals of the FORTIS Championships. The 19-year-old hit four aces during a victory in one hour and 37 minutes.
It was world No.99 Kremer who was on top early on, as she forged three break points in Ana's opening two service games. The Luxembourgeois eventually broke Ana in the sixth game.
Ana trailed 5-2, but broke back as Kremer served for the set. The teenager secured another break at 5-5, and she served out the set to seal five consecutive games.
Ana faces world No.99 Anne Kremer in the second round of the FORTIS Championships on Wednesday. The match will be the pair's second meeting, after Ana beat the home player 6-3, 6-1 to record only her third victory on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour three years ago at this very venue.
The latest podcast is now online. During the nine-minute audio report, we take a look back at Ana's North American hard court season, which included a title in Los Angeles, and hear Ana's thoughts about her achievements. Click here to listen to the MP3 file (right-click and "Save Target As" to download).
Producer: Simon Mundie
Voiceover: Simon Mundie
Script: Vanja Vukojevic
Photo: Manuela Davies / doubleXposure.com
Ana is unchanged at No.6 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings, which are published today. She remains fourth in the Race to the Championships.
The biggest move in the rankings is made by teenager Agnes Szavay, who won the China Open and breaks into the top 20 for the first time. The 2006 winner in Beijing, No.2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, was unable to defend her title and therefore her points tally is adversely affected.
Koen: Hi Ana, you are a great player and the most beautiful woman. I really enjoy seeing you play. I noticed you also have your own rituals before you serve. Has Novak Djokovic ever imitated you? Good luck with your study course. Greetings from Holland!!
Ana: Thanks. I’m not aware of an impersonation, but it would certainly be funny to see!
jay: Dear Ana, It always seem that your game improves. I hope you’ll be ranked No.1 in the near future. Every time I watch you, you look taller than before. Are you still getting taller?
Ana is seeded second for the FORTIS Championships in Luxembourg, which begin on Monday. She receives a bye in round one, and faces either world No.33 Michaella Krajicek or 99th-ranked Anne Kremer in the second round.
Should she win that match, which is not expected to take place until Wednesday at the earliest, Ana is seeded to meet No.8 Tatiana Golovin in the quarter-finals.
Third seed Nadia Petrova is a potential semi-final opponent, while top seed and world No.5 Anna Chakvetadze could await in the final.
The conclusion of Serbian news outlet B92's recent interview with Ana included a charming surmation of the 19-year-old's character. Here is a translation:
Marcin: Could you say what are your top 10 restaurants around the globe?
Ana: It’s hard to choose 10. Most of my favourites are Asian restaurants, although I have been to some great Italian places too. So I would say Nobu (various locations), Buddha Bar (Paris), Buddakan (New York) and Koi (Los Angeles). The Keg restaurants in Canada are also great.