The latest news about Ana!

Walkover in doubles Aug 16th 2006

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 rejects on-court coaching Aug 15th 2006

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.

Impressive win over Golovin Aug 15th 2006

Ana produced a dominant performance to beat world No.26 Tatiana Golovin 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Rogers Cup. After losing the first game Ana was never behind in the match, which lasted an hour and 20 minutes.

The match was delayed by 30 minutes due to rain. When it did start, the opening two games went with serve until Ana took her third break point opportunity to move 2-1 ahead.

Ana vs Golovin twice! Aug 14th 2006

Ana's first round match against Tatiana Golovin at the Rogers Cup is scheduled to begin today at 7pm local time (1am Tuesday Central European Time). It is the opening match of the night session on the Central Court.

By quirk of fate Ana has also been drawn to face Golovin in the doubles competition. Continuing her fledgling partnership with Maria Kirilenko, Ana takes on Golovin and Canadian Marie-Eve Pelletier in the first round. The match is expected to take place tomorrow.

Ana stays at No.19 Aug 14th 2006

Ana’s ranking is unchanged in the latest list published by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour today. She stays at No.19 but has closed the gap between herself and those ahead of her, thanks to a quarter-final appearance in Los Angeles last week.

Her doubles ranking again moves up significantly – Ana rises 10 places to No.72 as a result of her second round finish at the JPMorgan Chase Open, alongside Maria Kirilenko.

In the Porsche Race, the standings that determine the eight qualifiers for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid, Ana moves up one place to No.19.

Updated: Ana to face Golovin at Rogers Cup Aug 13th 2006

The withdrawal of second seed Maria Sharapova has meant changes to the Rogers Cup draw. Ana will now face world No.24 Tatiana Golovin in what promises to be the tie of the first round.

Ana, who had previously been drawn to face Laura Granville in the first round of the Tier I event, has played Frenchwoman Golovin four times before and has won on all four occasions. They played each other twice in the space of 10 days during the indoor season last autumn with Ana winning in three sets in Zurich then 7-5, 6-3 in Linz.

Defeat in doubles Aug 12th 2006

Ana's participation in the JPMorgan Chase Open came to an end when she and Maria Kirilenko lost 6-4, 7-6 to third seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.

The Slovakian-Japanese team, who have a combined doubles ranking of 19 compared to the teenagers' 119, triumphed in an hour and 39 minutes after a total of nine breaks.

Ana is flying to Montreal today for her next tournament, the Rogers Cup, which begins on Monday.

LA run ended by Jankovic Aug 12th 2006

Ana was beaten 6-4, 7-6 in the quarter-finals of the JPMorgan Chase Open by world No.28 Jelena Jankovic. It was a sea-saw battle, with the Serbian No.2 coming from a break down in both sets.

Ana made another fast start. She saved two break points in her opening service game but then broke to 15 before holding to clinch a 3-0 lead.

Jankovic then reeled off five straight games to lead 5-3, as Ana’s serve failed to function as well as it had in the earlier rounds. Both players then held serve as Jankovic, serving at 72 per cent, took the opening set 6-4.

Jankovic next for Ana Aug 11th 2006

Ana’s quarter-final encounter with Jelena Jankovic will take place sometime after 1.30pm local time today (10.30pm Central European Time). It is scheduled as the second match on the Stadium Court.

The pair have met once before, in Zurich last year when Ana won 6-2, 6-1. However, Jankovic was in the midst of a slump then that saw her lose 13 out of 14 matches and slide down the rankings.

She is very much back and currently resides at No.28. Like Ana, she is yet to drop a set in three matches here. She beat defending champion Venus Williams at Wimbledon last month.

Updated: Groene felled by Ana Aug 11th 2006

Ana is through to the last eight of the JPMorgan Chase Open with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-4 victory over world No.16 Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

Ana made a bright start, serving an ace in the first game and breaking the German immediately to move ahead 2-0. She clinched another break and led 5-0 after just 14 minutes. A fourth ace helped seal an opening set that was as one-sided as the 6-1 scoreline suggests.

That Ana was able to break Groenefeld two times out of three in set one was especially impressive given that the sixth seed produced a first serve percentage of 70.