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Charlotte: Hello Ana! I'd like to know what kind of strings do you put on your racket?
Ana: I use Luxilon strings across the racket and Wilson Natural Gut from the top to the bottom.
Steve Marsh: Hi Ana. I was just wondering how many Valentine’s Day cards did you receive?
Ana: I didn't receive any. Hopefully next year will be different!
Ana is unchanged at No.14 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour world rankings, which are published today. However, her quarter-final placing in Antwerp last week means that she has closed the gap between herself and Patty Schyder, who is ranked 13th.
In the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships Ana remains in seventh place; the top eight qualify for the season-ending event in Madrid. Ana’s doubles ranking is still No.74.
The biggest riser of the week is Russian Anna Chakvetadze. Her semi-final appearance in Antwerp sees her enter the top 10 for the first time.
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Ana lost 6-2, 6-1 to former world No.1 Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals of the Proximus Diamond Games. Contesting her fourth quarter-final of 2007, Ana was simply outplayed by the Belgian, who was on top form throughout the 55-minute match.
Clijsters was in outstanding form from the word “play”. She hit 35 winners and just 15 unforced errors and she served at 70 per cent. Conversely, Ana never fully settled in the partisan atmosphere, created by a 14,000-strong home crowd that savoured the Belgian’s last ever appearance in Antwerp.
Ana beat world No.54 Nathalie Dechy 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 in the second round of the Proximus Diamond Games. It was a somewhat lacklustre performance by the 19-year-old, but she goes on to face second seed Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Dechy, who has been ranked as high as 11th, made a poor start. Despite serving four double faults in her opening two service games, Ana raced into a 3-0 lead.
Ana beat world No.59 Anastasia Yakimova 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Proximus Diamond Games. Ana hit 29 winners during the 58-minute match as she set up a round two meeting with Frenchwoman Nathalie Dechy.
Ana made a slow start. She struggled with her rhythm, both with her serve and groundstrokes, and two double faults helped the Belarusian move 3-1 ahead.
World No.26 Lucie Safarova, whom Ana was due to meet in the first round of the Proximus Diamond Games, has pulled out of the event. Ana will now face 59th-ranked Anastasia Yakimova in the first round on Wednesday.
Yakimova, a 20-year-old lucky loser from Belarus, has never before played Ana.
Qualifer Julia Schruff or world No.54 Nathalie Dechy awaits the winner.
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Ana remains at No.14 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. She is also unchanged in the Porsche Race, staying at No.7, while her doubles ranking slips three places to No.74.
Ana is in action this week at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, where she has 25 points to defend from last year. Her first round opponent, Lucie Safarova, is one of the week’s biggest movers: she climbs six places to No.26 after reaching the final of the Gaz de France in Paris yesterday.