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Ana’s victory in last week’s Qatar Telecom German Open sees her rocket into the top 10. The 19-year-old moves up eight places to No.8, thus fulfilling the rankings goal she set herself at the end of last season.
“I’m really pleased about this!” said Ana. “At the start of the year my goal was to reach the top 10. It is always difficult making goals like this, because then a lot of people ask you about it quite a lot, but I am very happy that I have achieved this.
Ana was elated after beating world No.4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 in the final of the Qatar Telecom German Open, but she is not getting carried away about her chances of Grand Slam success.
“This week has been really amazing for me,” said Ana, who will be 8th when the new world rankings are published tomorrow. “I have beaten some very good players and today against Svetlana was just fantastic.
Ana beat world No.4 Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 in an enthralling final of the Qatar Telecom German Open. The 19-year-old collects the second Tier I title of her career and soars to No.8 in the world rankings.
It was a thrilling match. Ana began slowly and dropped serve as the Russian former US Open champion led 3-0. Kuznetsova added a further break and held a commanding 5-1 advantage before Ana scored her first break of the match. However, the 21-year-old served out the set to love, taking it 6-3.
Ana is into the final of the Qatar Telecom German Open after opponent Julia Vakulenko was forced to retire with a right forearm injury whilst trailing 4-3 in the first set. The result means that Ana is guaranteed to enter the top 10 for the first time when the new rankings are published on Monday.
"I didn't have any idea she was going through so much pain, so I really hope she gets better," sympathised Ana. "The last couple of weeks she had a lot of matches, so I just hope she gets better."
Ana produced one of the most mature performances of her career as she beat world No.19 Patty Schnyder 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar Telecom German Open. It was a match of the very highest quality, with Ana’s scintillating hitting eventually proving too much for the defensive brilliance of Schnyder.
“I really enjoyed it,” said Ana. “It was a little bit tough in the second set. I didn’t feel the best. I just tried to stay there, try to focus on what I had to do, move automatically and try not to think too much about how I should play.”
For a third day running, Ana scored an impressive straight sets win at the Qatar Telecom German Open. The 19-year-old ousted world No.29 Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 5-0 (retired) in just 60 minutes.
The opening four games all went against serve until Ana clicked into gear and held to 15. Bondarenko also held but then Ana scored what proved to be the decisive break in the eighth game. She then held serve to take the first set 6-3.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko lost 6-4, 6-3 to Janette Husarova and Meghann Shaughnessy in the opening round of the Qatar Telecom German Open.
The youngsters were ahead early on, racing to a 3-0 lead, before the experience of the Slovakian-American pairing began to tell.
Ana is in singles action again tomorrow. She plays Alona Bondarenko in round three after the Ukrainian won two matches in a day: a three-set triumph over Francesca Schiavone and a straight sets win over 17th seed Tatiana Garbin.
Ana produced another commanding performance as she dismissed world No.63 Elena Likhovtseva 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Qatar Telecom German Open.
Ana was on top throughout the 63-minute encounter and was never broken. She broke the Russian's serve twice in each set and produced a first serve percentage of 58.
Francesca Schiavone and Alona Bondarenko will resume their first round match later today with the winner facing 17th seed Tathiana Garbin; Ana will play one of those three players in the third round.
Ana's second round match against Elena Likhovtseva at the Qatar Telecom German Open – her first ever encounter with the Russian – is scheduled as the first on Court 2 on Wednesday. It will begin at 10am local time (4am Eastern Time), weather permitting.