The latest news about Ana!

Confident start in LA Aug 9th 2006

Ana beat world No.61 Vera Dushevina in the first round of the JPMorgan Chase Open. Ana defeated the Russian 6-3, 6-1 in just 52 minutes.

Playing her first ever singles match at this event, Ana won the opening 10 points on her serve. A double fault helped Dushevina earn the first break point of the match but Ana saved it and another, before holding to lead 3-2.

She faced another break point in the seventh game but held and then broke, before comfortably serving out the set.

Ana and Maria net doubles win Aug 8th 2006

Ana and Maria Kirilenko scored an impressive 7-6, 6-2 victory over Liezel Huber and Sania Mirza in the first round of the JPMorgan Chase Open doubles competition. The South African-Indian team have a combined doubles ranking of 54, compared to 119 for Ana and Maria.

Ana up to No.19 Aug 7th 2006

Ana has gone up one place in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. She moves above Ai Sugiyama to take 19th spot.

Ana stays at No.20 in the Porsche Race, while her doubles ranking rises 12 places to No.82. The changes are a consequence of Ana’s performances at the Acura Classic in San Diego last week, where she reached the third round of the singles and the second round of the doubles.

Elsewhere in the rankings, Nicole Vaidisova breaks into the top 10, rising to a new career high of No.9, while Mary Pierce falls four places to 13th.

Dushevina test in LA Aug 6th 2006

Ana has been drawn to play Russia's Vera Dushevina in the first round of the JPMorgan Chase Open presented by Herbalife, which begins tomorrow. It will be the pair's third meeting.

Dushevina leads the series 2-1, having scored victories at the 2004 French Open juniors and in Dubai qualifying last year. Ana won their last match 6-3, 6-4 with an impressive performance in the opening round of Wimbledon a year ago.

Ana's diary rated No.1 Aug 4th 2006

'Tennis', the biggest-selling tennis magazine in the world, has named Ana's diary the best of all online player journals.

In its inaugural awards, named "The Webbies", Ana receives the accolade of Best Journal.

"Leave it to a teenage girl to keep the best diary on tour," wrote Sarah Unke. "Eighteen-year-old Ana Ivanovic writes at least an entry a week, making sure her fans are abreast of everything she's up to, from training and playing to to dining and shopping."

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Ana and Maria lose in doubles Aug 4th 2006

Ana and Maria Kirilenko lost their second round doubles match with third seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama at the Acura Classic. The teenage pairing were defeated 6-7, 6-1, 6-3.

Ana's next tournament is the JPMorgan Chase Open in Los Angeles, which begins on Monday.

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Ana loses in three Aug 4th 2006

Ana lost in the third round of the Acura Classic to world No.31 Anna Chakvetadze. The 18-year-old went down 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Ana started confidently and held two break points in the opening game. She could not convert either and the Russian took a 3-0 lead, before Ana battled back to level at 3-3. She broke in the ninth game and served out the set.

There were no breaks in the second set until Ana pounced in the fifth game. However, she was then broken twice as Chakvetadze levelled the match.

Ana to face Chakvetadze Aug 3rd 2006

Ana will play Anna Chakvetadze in the third round of the Acura Classic today after the Russian defeated third seed Nadia Petrova 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. The match is scheduled as the first on Court 1 and will begin at 11am local time (8pm Central European Time).

Ana and 19-year-old Chakvetadze have met four times before with Ana leading the series 3-1. Two of their matches have taken place this year, with Ana winning 6-3, 6-3 on hard courts in Indian Wells but losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in Warsaw.

Ana eases past Frazier Aug 3rd 2006

Ana scored another convincing victory at the Acura Classic when she defeated world No.55 Amy Frazier 6-3, 6-2.

Ana hit eight aces and broke her opponent five times during the 60-minute match. She has now won her last six matches against Americans in straight sets.

Ana, who has dropped just eight games in her opening two matches, will face a Russian in the third round tomorrow: either third seed Nadia Petrova or Anna Chakvetadze.