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Ana has been handed a very tricky draw in the Proximus Diamond Games, a Tier II event that begins in Belgium on Monday. She will meet world No.32 Lucie Safarova in the opening round.
Safarova, a 20-year-old from the Czech Republic, is in the form of her life. She beat world No.5 Svetlana Kuznetosva 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Paris indoor event this week, having seen off ninth-ranked Nicole Vaidisova 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. She also beat world No.3 Amelie Mauresmo in straight sets at the Australian Open last month.
The winners of the January competition are Ana Jeremic, Nicole Siemerink and Nikhil Ramakrishna. They all correctly identified the picture, left, as being taken at the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles last year.
Congratulations to all three, they each receive a signed poster of Ana.
The February competition will be launched shortly.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has released a new set of rankings, based on the community and promotional work of its players during 2007. Ana is joint No.1, tied with Jelena Jankovic.
Each off-court activity players take part in during tournaments is known as an “ACE”. The time devoted to such work has been calculated for each player and thus the ACES Race 2007 was created.
Thanks to her appearance in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open last week, Ana has risen two places to No.14 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. Ana’s ranking points tally has improved by 487.5pts, or 52 per cent, over the past 12 months.
Despite losing 6-4, 6-2 to No.2 seed Martina Hingis in the Toray Pan Pacific Open final, Ana was in high spirits as she reflected on a highly successful week. The 19-year-old, playing her first tournament since parting company with coach David Taylor, reached her second Tier I final in five months and beat two top 10 ranked players in Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic.
Ana was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by world No.6 Martina Hingis in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. The 19-year-old wasn't able to reproduce the form that had seen off top 10-ranked players Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova in the previous rounds as the Swiss avenged her Montreal final defeat with a masterful display of court craft.
After beating world No.1 Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, Ana turned her attention to repeating her Montreal final victory over Martina Hingis. The two will meet for the second time in Sunday’s title decider, which begins at 1pm local time (5am Central European Time).
Ana and Sharapova were united in their disappointment that their semi-final at the Toray Pan Pacific Open was not completed. The Russian retired while trailing 6-1, 0-1 , citing a left hamstring strain.
“It’s unfortunate that she had to retire. It’s not the way I like to end the match,” said Ana. “I felt confident during the mach. I was able to play aggressive which is very important against Maria. You don’t want to give her much time.”