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Ana's first round match against Michaella Krajicek at the Generali Ladies Linz will take place on Wednesday.
Ana has never before played the 17-year-old Dutchwoman. Krajicek will only be the fourth player Ana has faced on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour who is younger than herself. The others were Tatiana Golovin, Nicola Vaidisova and Tamira Paszek.
Eurosport are covering Linz live this week so it is hoped that the match will be televised in Europe on Wednesday.
Ana has fallen two places to No.15 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles rankings. The drop is due to the 18-year-old's injury-enforced absence from last week's Zurich Open, which meant that she was unable to defend the 135pts she earned in Switzerland last year.
The youngster, whose doubles ranking is unchanged at No.53, is overtaken by Jelena Jankovic and Anna Chakvetadze – both of whom reach career best rankings – and Francesca Schiavone. Ana herself has moved ahead of former No.1 Lindsay Davenport, who won last year's Zurich Open but did not compete last week.
We can today announce Ana’s provisional 2007 tournament schedule up to Wimbledon. We must stress that this schedule is provisional and could change at any time – be sure to check this website regularly for the very latest news
December 31-January 6
The Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts
Gold Coast, Australia
Outdoor hard courts; Tier III
Outdoor hard courts; Tier II
Ana has been drawn to face world No.35 Michaella Krajicek in the first round of the Generali Ladies Linz presented by Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberosterreich. Ana is seeed fifth for the Austrian Tier II event, which begins on Monday.
Provided she can beat the 17-year-old Dutchwoman, whom she has never before played, Ana will face either Anna-Lena Groenefeld or a qualifier in the second round. It is a tough draw for the 18-year-old, who is competing for the first time since hurting her shoulder during practice a three weeks ago.
Sam: Hi Ana: Congratulations on all of your success thus far. I am writing to ask about your hitting partners when you are on the road. Do you have a practice partner that travels with you or is David your main hitting partner? I was a hitting partner for some top pros a few years ago and am looking to get back into it. How do you find people to practice with? Thanks Ana!!!
Thanks to the voting of her loyal fans, Ana won The Tennis Channel's "Hotties" award, an online poll of the best-looking tennis players.
"This is very flattering," said Ana. "It shows that people are watching my tennis. It also shows that I have great fans. Probably they all voted for me so I could win this! So I am very grateful to them."
Over 200,000 votes were cast, with Ana's doubles partner Maria Kirilenko finishing second. Another Russian, Maria Sharapova, was third.
In the third part of the mini-series, Ana’s coach David Taylor outlines some basic drills that are suitable for club players and professionals alike
Ana has reached her highest ever singles ranking. In the latest Sony Ericsson WTA tour lists, published today, the 18-year-old has risen two places to world No.13.
“It’s always nice to reach your highest ranking,” said Ana. “It’s just a shame I cannot compete this week to try to move even closer to the top 10.”
The jump is due to the fact that Anastasia Myskina (absent through injury in Moscow last week) and Francesca Schiavone (second round defeat) have lost the points they gained at last year’s Kremlin Cup. Ana overtakes them both.
Ana’s coach David Taylor gives his expert advice on how to prepare for matches
Obviously it’s important to be well hydrated but you don’t want to drink too much before you play because you can get an overactive bladder, which means you’re going to the toilet too often. That often happens when people are nervous, they drink too much.