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Andrea: What is your favourite movie that you saw lately?
Ana: Probably Little Miss Sunshine. I loved this movie.
Gianni_Bucci: I read that Francesca Schiavone likes to drive her car fast to relax. I also read that you passed your driving test recently. So do you also like to drive fast to relax?
Ana: Definitely not! I am a careful, safe driver.
Matti: Hi Ana, My name is Mateusz and I come from Poland. It's a pity that you won't come to Warsaw this year. Why did you resign from J&S Cup? Love, Mateusz
Joe rosensweig: What different footwear do you have for the different surfaces, such as grass, clay, and hardcourt?
Ana: I have different shoes for each of these surfaces. The soles are different for each, so that they grip the court the best way. The movement is very different on clay compared to grass, for example, so it’s important to wear the right shoes.
rich covell: Ana before a tournament do you ever watch films of opponents on your side of the draw, to get a game plan?
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.
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