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Ana filmed an exclusive interview shortly after beating Vania King 6-2, 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open.
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Ana was buoyed by her display in the first round of the Australian Open. She hit 29 winners and five aces as she stormed past world No.58 Vania King, winning 6-2, 6-0 in 56 minutes.
“I’m really happy the way I played today,” said Ana. “At the start of the match my serve wasn’t so good but it really improved in the second and I even hit an ace on my second serve!”
“I think the first match is always tough, that’s for sure, but I’m really happy I could focus on what I have to do, and do what I was doing in practice, like moving forward a lot. I was really pleased with that.
On a scorching Melbourne morning, Ana got her 2007 Australian Open quest off to a sizzling start by vanquishing world No.58 Vania King 6-2 6-0. Ana hit no fewer than 29 winners – an average of 2.07 per game – as she wrapped up victory in just 56 minutes.
With temperatures passing 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it was the American who felt the heat immediately as Ana crushed a forehand winner on the opening point. King then double-faulted twice to give Ana an early break.
Viewers in Australia can look out for an interview with Ana on Channel 7, who are the host broadcasters of the Australian Open. Ana filmed the feature before and after practice today, talking about her connection with Australia and how she is feeling going into the year's first Grand Slam. Her coach David Taylor also spoke with the television station for the feature that was screened on Monday evening and is expected to be repeated before her first round match against Vania King on Tuesday.
Ana's singles ranking remains unchanged at No.14 in the latest list, published by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour today. Her appearance in the Medibank International quarter-finals in Sydney last week has enabled her to climb to No.8 in the Porsche Race, the standings that determine the eight qualifiers for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid.
Photos from Ana's practice session at Melbourne Park yesterday are now in the gallery. Click here to view them.
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Ana today launched her new adidas outfit at “adilibria”, a fun media event held at the Circa Pooldeck in Melbourne. Ana starred alongside Australian swimmer Jodie Henry, a triple Olympic gold medallist and fellow adidas athlete, as she showcased the dress she will exclusively wear for her first round match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
Ana will play world No.57 Vania King in the first round of the Australian Open, which begins on Monday. Ana is seeded 13th at the year's first Grand Slam and could meet top seed Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.
Ana has never before played the 17-year-old American, who won the Thailand Open in Bangkok in October.
Should she overcome KIng, Ana will play either Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska or Varvara Lepchenko of Uzbekistan. No.22 seed and former world No.9 Vera Zvonareva of Russia is Ana's seeded third round opponent in what is a very difficult draw.
Philipp Doms from Austria is the latest competition winner. He correctly answered the December competition question – that Ana reached eight quarter-finals during 2006. Congratulations to him, he receives a personally signed photograph of Ana and a Wilson six racket thermo.
The January competition will be launched shortly.
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