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A career-best performance by Yaroslava Shvedova knocked Ana out of the Sony Ericsson Open in the second round. The Russian was excellent throughout and triumphed 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 23 minutes.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko have been drawn to face Emilie Loit and Nicole Pratt in the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open women's doubles event.
The youngsters, who are appearing together for the first time this year, have a 12-8 win-loss record in doubles competition. Their combined ranking is currently 98. The French-Australian pairing whom they face in round one are 37-20 and have a combined doubles ranking of 100.
The winners of the tie will face the victors of the Svetlana Kuznetsova/Nadia Petrova vs Nathalie Dechy/Vera Zvonareva match in round two.
Ana visited the Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami yesterday. She spent time with patients and their families and brought them some small gifts.
“It was a very rewarding experience,” said Ana. “I love spending time with children and they were so sweet. Seeing how positive they were was very touching, and it makes you realize how lucky you are. As players we can get upset when we lose, but really we should just think how lucky we are just to be healthy.”
Photos: Action images.
Ana will play either Russian qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova or wild card Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open. The 19-year-old is seeded 12th for the Tier I event and receives a bye in round one.
The tournament is mandatory for players and therefore the draw resembles a Grand Slam. Only the injured Amelie Mauresmo and Elena Dementieva are absent from the top 20. World No.18 Serena Williams is scheduled to make her first appearance since winning the Australian Open in January.
Ana has moved down one position to No.15 in the latest singles rankings, which are published today by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. The move is a result of Daniela Hantuchova winning last week’s Pacific Life Open and consequently moving from No.18 to No.12.
In the Race to the Championships, which determines the eight qualifiers for the season-ending event in Madrid, Ana is 11th. Her doubles ranking is currently 73.
The organisers of the French Open this week announced that from this year’s tournament onwards, women will receive the same prize money as men. The move, which follows Wimbledon’s recent decision to award equal prize money, means that there is financial parity for men and women at all four Grand Slams.
“I’m happy that they made this decision,” said Ana. “I never liked to complain, because we earn good money for playing tennis, and I am very grateful for this, but now that they changed it I think everyone is very happy. We play hard too.”
Three new off-court images of Ana have been uploaded to the Candid 2007 gallery: two of Ana watching the Partizan-Joventut basketball game in Belgrade, and one with Martina Hingis and James Blake at the Medibank International in Sydney.
Photo: Ana and her strength and conditioning coach Scott Byrnes at the Partizan-Joventut basketball game in Belgrade, February 2007
josefina: Hello Ana. Do you know Monica Seles? Good luck
Ana: I don’t really know her but I have met her before, in Toronto a few years ago. She was a hero for me when I was little, so it felt a little bit strange to meet her!
Bradley: It was nice of you to admit you forgot to sign in for doubles! But isn’t it the job of your manager to sign you in?
Ana lost 6-7, 6-0, 6-3 to Austrian Sybille Bammer in the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open. The left-hander, ranked 46 in the world, produced a superlative performance to end the advance of the No.10 seed.
Ana made a fine start. She won the first seven points and raced into a 3-0 lead. However, from 40-15 ahead in the fourth game she was broken back, and the momentum of the match quickly shifted.