The latest news about Ana!

April competition winners May 16th 2007

Thanks to everyone who entered the April competition. We received many entertaining entries that the judges very much enjoyed reading.

Entrants were asked to submit a story detailing how and why they first became a supporter of Ana. Deciding the winners proved to be an extremely difficult task, with so many high quality entries. Congratulations to everyone who took part:

Injury forces Rome withdrawal May 15th 2007

Ana has been forced to pull out of the Internazionali BNL D’Italia due to the ankle injury she sustained in the Berlin final on Sunday.

The 19-year-old was hoping to play after receiving a positive diagnosis from a doctor on Monday and she received no fewer than five treatment sessions yesterday. However, after practice this morning she felt more pain in her ankle.

Ana to play in Rome May 15th 2007

After consulting with a doctor in Rome on Monday morning, Ana has decided to compete in the Internazionali BNL D’Italia as scheduled. Her participation was in doubt after she injured her left ankle during her 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Berlin final.

The 19-year-old, who won the Qatar Telecom German Open yesterday, is seeded 12th for a second successive Tier I event on clay. She will face Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round on Tuesday.

Ana leaps to No.8 May 14th 2007

Ana’s victory in last week’s Qatar Telecom German Open sees her rocket into the top 10. The 19-year-old moves up eight places to No.8, thus fulfilling the rankings goal she set herself at the end of last season.

“I’m really pleased about this!” said Ana. “At the start of the year my goal was to reach the top 10. It is always difficult making goals like this, because then a lot of people ask you about it quite a lot, but I am very happy that I have achieved this.

Victorious Ana keeps feet on ground May 13th 2007

Ana was elated after beating world No.4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 in the final of the Qatar Telecom German Open, but she is not getting carried away about her chances of Grand Slam success.

“This week has been really amazing for me,” said Ana, who will be 8th when the new world rankings are published tomorrow. “I have beaten some very good players and today against Svetlana was just fantastic.

Superb Ana sweeps to title May 13th 2007

Ana beat world No.4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 in an enthralling final of the Qatar Telecom German Open. The 19-year-old collects the second Tier I title of her career and soars to No.8 in the world rankings.

It was a thrilling match. Ana began slowly and dropped serve as the Russian former US Open champion led 3-0. Kuznetsova added a further break and held a commanding 5-1 advantage before Ana scored her first break of the match. However, the 21-year-old served out the set to love, taking it 6-3.

Ana looks forward to final May 13th 2007

Ana is excited about appearing in her third Tier I final in nine months at the Qatar Telecom German Open. The 19-year-old won through to the championship match when her opponent in the semi-finals, Julia Vakulenko, was forced to retire because of injury.

Ana moves into final May 12th 2007

Ana is into the final of the Qatar Telecom German Open after opponent Julia Vakulenko was forced to retire with a right forearm injury whilst trailing 4-3 in the first set. The result means that Ana is guaranteed to enter the top 10 for the first time when the new rankings are published on Monday.

"I didn't have any idea she was going through so much pain, so I really hope she gets better," sympathised Ana. "The last couple of weeks she had a lot of matches, so I just hope she gets better."

Fabulous Ana powers past Schnyder May 11th 2007

Ana produced one of the most mature performances of her career as she beat world No.19 Patty Schnyder 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar Telecom German Open. It was a match of the very highest quality, with Ana’s scintillating hitting eventually proving too much for the defensive brilliance of Schnyder.

“I really enjoyed it,” said Ana. “It was a little bit tough in the second set. I didn’t feel the best. I just tried to stay there, try to focus on what I had to do, move automatically and try not to think too much about how I should play.”

Ana surges into quarter-finals May 10th 2007

For a third day running, Ana scored an impressive straight sets win at the Qatar Telecom German Open. The 19-year-old ousted world No.29 Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 5-0 (retired) in just 60 minutes.

The opening four games all went against serve until Ana clicked into gear and held to 15. Bondarenko also held but then Ana scored what proved to be the decisive break in the eighth game. She then held serve to take the first set 6-3.