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After beating Raluca-Ioana Olaru 6-2, 6-0, a result that assured Ana’s entry into the fourth round for the loss of just nine games, Ana faced a barrage of questions regarding her chances of reaching the latter stages of Roland Garros.
“It’s hard to talk about that at the moment,” said Ana, refusing to get carried away with her excellent start. “I still haven’t reached the semi-finals of Grand Slam. So it’s important to take it step by step.
Ana reached the third round of Roland Garros with another convincing straight-sets win. The seventh seed outclassed world No.122 Raluca-Ioana Olaru 6-2, 6-0 in 65 minutes.
Ana made the perfect start. She won eight of the opening nine points of the match to move 2-0 ahead. However, the Romanian qualifier hit back and Ana momentarily faltered.
The 19-year-old served well, hitting four aces, and kept a great length on her groundstrokes, frequently painting the baseline.
She eventually found her rhythm and seized control of the match, winning the next 10 games.
Ana produced a most mature performance as she defeated world No.50 Sania Mirza 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round of Roland Garros. The 19-year-old was assured throughout the 64-minute contest and did not face a single break point.
Mirza played a great match. The big-hitting Indian kept unforced errors down to a minimum and provided a very tricky test for Ana. She did damage with her forehand and kept a high intensity throughout. Ana also hit consistently, which made for a high quality encounter.
Ana's second round match at Roland Garros, against India's Sania Mirza, is scheduled as the second on Court 1 on Thursday. It is expected to begin sometime after 12.45pm local time (6.45am Eastern Time), weather permitting.
Ana has never before faced world No.50 Mirza, though she played doubles alongside her in Miami last year. After that match the 20-year-old was asked to assess Ana's game. "I don’t think she really has any weaknesses," she said.
Ana beat world No.121 Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 6-0 in the first round of Roland Garros. The 19-year-old, seeded seventh here, was always in control of the 46-minute match and advances to a round two meeting with either Alberta Brianti or Sania Mirza.
Ana began well, breaking the Swede in the second game to move 2-0 ahead. Though Arvidsson broke back, Ana was striking the ball well and doing damage with her serve.
The world No.7 played well within herself and took the first set after just 23 minutes.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko have been drawn to face Jelena Jankovic and Na Li in the first round of the Roland Garros women's doubles competition.
The tournament represents the third Grand Slam for the youngsters, whose best result together is a runner-up finish at the Ordina Open last year.
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The weather here has improved immensely and there were no rain delays on Tuesday.
Ana today rose to No.7 in the world rankings, the highest placing so far during her short career. The 19-year-old overtook Czech Nicole Vaisova, who dropped to No.10.
Ana remains fifth in the Race to the Championships, the standings that determine the eight qualifiers for the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid at the end of the year.
Seeded seventh at the French Open, Ana is yet to get her campaign underway due to persistent rain in Paris. She is not scheduled to play her opening round match, against Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson, until Wednesday at the earliest.
candarch: Hi Ana! First congratulations to you on the victory in Berlin and entering the top 10. My question is: When you are at home do you sometimes cook by yourself? If so, what is your favourite meal?
Ana: Thanks! Unfortunately I don’t have time to do to much cooking but probably the food I cook the most is fajitas. It’s a very simple dish so it doesn’t take much skill!
On the eve of the French Open we profile all of the women’s seeds. Please note that any opinions expressly here are those of the author and are entirely independent of Ana:
1. Justine Henin
Ana has been drawn to face qualifier Sofia Arvidsson in the first round of Roland Garros, which begins on Sunday. Ana is seeded seventh for the year's second Grand Slam.
Ana has played the world No.121 twice before: she lost 6-1, 6-1 to the Swede in qualifying in Luxembourg in 2003, then beat her 6-3, 6-1 in the Hopman Cup in Perth last year. The match will take place on either Monday or Tuesday.