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Ana's first round match against Melinda Czink is scheduled to take place at 12pm local time (7am Eastern Time) on Court 18 on Wednesday. The tie was originally scheduled as last of the day on Tuesday but was mysteriously cancelled - and replaced with a men's match.
Ana has a 2-0 head-to-head record against Czink. She beat the Hungarian world No.133 in qualifying in Canberra two-and-a-half years ago by a scoreline of 6-1, 6-3. Bizarrely, after Czink entered the draw as a lucky loser, they met again in the final. This time Ana beat the 24-year-old 7-5, 6-1.
Ana’s ranking is unchanged at six in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles ranking list, which is published today. She remains at No.3 in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships.
Ana has 96pts to defend from last year’s Wimbledon Championships, in which she reached the fourth round. She is currently 246pts behind fifth-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova.
We profile some of the players Ana might come up against over the next fortnight:
1. Justine Henin
Following the successful defence of her Roland Garros and Eastbourne titles, the world No.1 arrives at this year’s Wimbledon hoping to win the only major title missing from her resume. Last year Henin equaled her achievement of 2001 by reaching the final, but once again she fell short in the deciding match. She is currently on an 11-match winning streak and will take some stopping.
2. Maria Sharapova
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With the Championships just two days' away, we take a look back at Ana's previous two Wimbledon campaigns. Overall she boasts a 5-2 win-loss record at the All England Club:
Ana made her senior Wimbledon debut in 2005, entering the tournament seeded 19th. Following her quarterfinal appearance at Roland Garros only a few weeks’ earlier, high expectations surrounded Ana as she headed into her first round match against Eastbourne finalist Vera Douchevina.
Ana has been drawn to face world No.137 Melinda Czink in the opening round of the Championships, which begin at Wimbledon on Monday. The 19-year-old is seeded sixth for the third Grand Slam tournament of 2007.
Ana has played the Hungarian twice before - bizarrely, both matches took place in the same tournament. Ana defeated the 24-year-old 6-1, 6-3 in qualifying in Canberra three years ago, then beat her 7-5, 6-1 in the final after Czink had got into the main draw as a lucky loser.
Ana bowed out of the Ordina Open after a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to world No.10 Daniela Hantuchova.
The 19-year-old was tied 3-3 with the Slovakian but was broken in the seventh game and thereafter never performed to anything like her usual standard as the match raced away from her.
Ana will now head to London for the Championships at Wimbledon, which begin on Monday. She is seeded sixth for the year's third Grand Slam.
Ana beat world No.44 Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 7-6, 6-2 in the second round of the Ordina Open in Holland. The 19-year-old served nine aces as she clinched victory in her first match on grass in almost a year.
Ana, who is seeded second, was on top in the opening set before taking it 7-4 on a tiebreak.
She sealed a break in the second game of the second set and moved 3-0 ahead. She added a further break as Daniilidou served to stay in the match.
Today we are launching the June competition. Three lucky entrants will each win a Wilson towel and a photograph signed by Ana.
For a chance to win, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to the following question:
At which Grand Slam was Ana a runner-up during her junior career?
Please include the following details in your entry:
- Your full name
- Date of birth
- Delivery address
- Contact telephone number.
Ana remains at No.6 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. This means that she is guaranteed her highest ever seeding at a Grand Slam when The Championships begin at Wimbledon in seven days.
In the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships, the rankings that take into account only results since 1 January, Ana is third.