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Ana takes on ninth seed Dinara Safina in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup tonight. The match is scheduled to take place on the Court Central at 7pm local time (1am Sunday Central European Time). It will be screened live on Eurosport 2.
Ana is appearing in the last four of a singles competition for the first time this year. Playing in only her third tournament since beginning work with coach David Taylor, Ana meets Safina for the second time in two months: she beat the Russian http://www.anaivanovic.com/?path=news&tablepage=8&detailpage=377
Speaking shortly after her impressive 6-4, 6-4 victory over Katarina Srebotnik, Ana said she was happy with her game and the progress she is making under the guidance of her coach David Taylor.
“I’m very excited to be in the semi-finals, but most of everything I’m very excited to be here and to play good tennis,” said Ana. “And I think today was really a good match.
Ana is into her first singles semi-final of the year at the Tier I Rogers Cup after overwhelming world No.24 Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 6-4. It was a remarkable display of power hitting by the 13th seed.
Ana, wearing her new black adidas two-piece outfit, made a shaky start and was broken in her first service game. She double faulted to hand the Slovenian a 2-0 lead.
But the 18-year-old appeared to settle in the next game. She hit two thumping forehand down-the-line winners off Srebotnik serves and converted her first break point.
Ana and Maria Kiirlenko lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to second seeds Cara Black and Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup doubles competition on Thursday.
The teenagers were broken in the opening game of the match and, after an exchange of breaks, lost the opening set 6-4, the second seeds sealing it with an ace.
Ana and Maria hit back, winning twice as many points as the more experienced team in the second set, as they levelled at one set apiece.
But the more senior pairing's experience paid off and they clinched the third set, and with it the match.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko's doubles quarter-final has been rescheduled to take place on the Court Central at the Uniprix Stadium.
After their impressive 6-0, 7-6 victory over sixth seeds Li Ting and Tiantian Sun, the teenagers face No.2 seeds Cara Black and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, both of whom are ranked in the top 10 in the world for doubles.
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Ana’s scheduled third round opponent Jelena Jankovic has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup. Ana receives a walkover and will play world No.24 Katarina Srebotnik in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Jankovic’s withdrawal, due to injury, comes within 24 hours of top seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters retiring injured midway through her second round match against local wild card Stephanie Dubois.
Clijsters was in the same quarter as Ana. Dubois went on to face Srebotnik today, with the Slovenian winning 6-3, 6-2.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko stormed to a superb 6-0, 7-6 victory over sixth seeds and reigning Olympic champions Ting Li and Tiantian Sun in the second round of the Rogers Cup doubles event.
The teenagers broke the Chinese pairing, who have a combined doubles ranking of 61 compared to Ana and Maria’s 99, three times as they completed their second ever whitewash together. Remarkably, the more experienced team were allowed to win only six points during an opening set that lasted just 20 minutes.
Ana overcame world No.27 Jie Zheng 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 to move into the third round of the Rogers Cup and a rematch with countrywoman Jelena Jankovic.
The 18-year-old made the perfect start as she broke the Chinese player in the opening game then held to love to move 2-0 ahead.
At 3-2, Ana dropped her first points on serve and was broken. The next two games went with serve until Ana secured a decisive break in the ninth game before sealing the opening set 6-4 with an ace.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko received a walkover into the second round of the doubles competition when their scheduled opponents, Tatiana Golovin and Marie-Eve Pelletier, withdrew.
The teenagers will now face the sixth seeded Chinese pairing of Ting Li and Tiantian Sun in round two. The elder pairing are the reigning Olympic champions and have won seven Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles, so it will be a very tough match.
Ana decided against appointing David Taylor as an authorised on-court coach during her first round match against Tatiana Golovin on Monday, which she won 6-4, 6-2.
Both players were entitled to nominate someone to come onto court to coach them during the match, as part of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s two-week experiment with on-court coaching, which began at the Rogers Cup yesterday. Like many players, Ana and David are both opposed to the concept and decided against the Australian coaching during the match.