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Ana was recently asked for her opinion on the changes to the doubles scoring system that are being trialled by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour:
No-ad scoring is the biggest alteration: under the new system the point that follows “deuce” is a sudden-death point – whoever wins it wins the game. Additionally, third sets have been abolished; instead, when the first two sets a are split, a first-to-10 points Super Tiebreak takes place.
Rebeka Bischoff: Dear Ana, you are my favourite player, you are always so friendly to your fans. Do you string all your racquets with the same string and tension?
Ana: Thanks! Most of my rackets are strung at the same tension but I always put at least one in my bag that is a little bit tighter, so if I don’t feel I have enough control of the ball I will switch to this record during a match. Strings are always the same: a combination of natural gut string and a synthetic string.
Overall, Ana is happy with the reforms that were announced last month by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She is concerned about two issues, but otherwise the 19-year-old welcomes the changes.
“It’s exciting,” said Ana. “Everyone is excited about these changes. For us players it’s exciting because there will be more big tournaments where all the top players are participating and playing each other. Still, it’s very hard to say how it’s going to go until we try.”
Meryl: Hi Ana, I just read a blog by a very popular tennis writer in which he says that tennis is not for people who observe niceties; the champions are self-absorbed. What do you think of that observation, given how nice and considerate you seem to be?
Ana has risen two places to No.15 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. She lies just two spots from her career-best position of No.13.
The 19-year-old is also ranked 15th in the Race to the Championships, the standings that determine the eight qualifers for the season-ending compeition in Madrid. Ana's doubles ranking is unchanged at 88.
Current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles top 20:
1 Justine Henin-Hardenne (Bel) 3,859pts
2 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 3,388pts
3 Amelie Mauresmo (Fra) 2,776pts
Today we are renewing our monthly prize draw. The winner of the April compeition will receive a Wilson racket, a Wilson racket bag and a signed photo of Ana.
For a chance to win, please send an email to email@example.com explaining how and why you first became a supporter of Ana. The most entertaining story, as judged by us, will win the first prize, and will be published. Two runners-up will receive signed photos of Ana.
Please include the following details in your entry:
- Your full name
michael, sydney: Hi Ana, Have you ever been to a football/soccer game before? As in a European match and if so what one? I think you are heaps hot and an awesome tennis player, good luck for the rest of the year. Make me proud haha!
Ana: Thanks for this compliment! I went to a match two years ago when I was playing in Rome. It was Rome against Milan. It was a crazy atmosphere!
Marko: Hello Anči. I'd like to know if you've watched The bodyguard movie. If yes, how do you fancy it? Best wishes from Marko
Ana was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by ninth seed Vera Zvonareva in the third round of the Family Circle Cup.
Ana was broken in the opening game but hit back immediately, winning four straight points on the 22-year-old's serve to level.
Another break ensued, meaning that the first three games all went against serve, until Zvonareva held to lead 3-1.
Ana missed a break point oppportunity in the sixth game and was broken for a second time as she served to stay in the opening set.