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Ana faces world No.1 and three-time champion Justine Henin in the final of Roland Garros this afternoon. Having thrashed world No.2 Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals, Ana's confidence is high but she knows the Belgian represents an altogether tougher test.
Earlier in the tournament Ana took part in a fun karaoke sketch for Roland Garros host broadcaster France 2. The 19-year-old 'performed' 'Upside Down' by Diana Ross.
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Ana cruised into the final of the French Open with a 6-2, 6-1 mashing of second seed Maria Sharapova in barely over an hour.
The 19-year-old will now face her sternest test in the biggest match of her young career so far when she faces world No.1 and two-time defending champion Justine Henin on Saturday.
It was a sizzling start from Ana straight from the first hit – a perfect ace up the T, setting the tone immediately for the entire match, and any early nerves were settled straight away with a comfortable hold.
Ana faces world No.2 Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals of the French Open on Thursday in the biggest match of her career so far. The blockbuster clash is scheduled to take place at 2pm local time (8am Eastern Time) on Court Philippe Chatrier.
After beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, Ana expressed her excitement at reaching the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
“I’m really excited to get so far, and the tournament is still not over,” said Ana, who has frequently been asked about her chances of winning here, but has always refused to look further than the next match – a formula that has worked well so far. “I am going to try and play my best each match I have.”
Ana scored one of the biggest wins of her career as she beat world No.3 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the last four of Roland Garros. It will be the 19-year-old's first appearance in a Grand Slam semi-final.
Ana played one of the best sets of her life to begin the match. She stormed through it, winning 6-0 in just 21 minutes. She made only two unforced errors and won all four points when she advanced to the net. Even more tellingly, she won 25 points to Kuznetsova's eight.
Ana heads into today's Roland Garros quarter-final with Svetlana Kuznetsova full of confidence, but realistic that she faces an extremely tough challenge against the world No.3.
"It's been a great tournament for me so far and I've enjoyed it a lot," she said. "With each match it gets tougher. Svetlana is a great player and we had a really good battle in Berlin. Just a few points could decide it again. It's important that I serve as well as I did in the last round and be mentally strong."
Ana was thrilled after clinching a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Anabel Medina Garrigues, the world No.23 who had won her last eight matches, in the fourth round of Roland Garros. The victory is Ana’s 10th consecutive win, which is her best ever streak on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Ana produced one of the most gutsy performances of her short career as she saw off the stubbon challenge of world No.23 Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The 19-year-old moves into the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for only the second time. She will meet third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova on Tuesday.
Spaniard Garrigues came into the encounter on an eight-match winning streak and was clearly on top form. She simply didn't miss and quickly carved out two break points in the opening game.