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Ana eased into the second round of the Qatar Telecom German Open with a 6-2, 6-1 win over world No.69 Laura Granville. She will play Russia’s Elena Likhovtseva in the second round on Wednesday.
Ana got off to the perfect start, breaking the American in the opening game. She held then added another break in the third game to seize control of the match from the very start.
Though Granville broke back, Ana added another break and closed out the first set after 28 minutes.
Ana's first round match at the Qatar Telecom German Open has been postponed due to rain. The 19-year-old was due to face American Granville but bad weather in Germany forced a cancellation of play. The match has been rescheduled for Tuesday.
Ana has been drawn against world No.62 Laura Granville in the first round of the Qatar Telecom German Open, which begins in Berlin on Monday. Ana is seeded 12th for the Tier I claycourt event.
The 19-year-old beat the American 6-3, 7-5 in Miami two years ago in their only previous meeting.
Should Ana overcome Granville she will face either Emilie Loit or Elena Likhovtseva in the second round. Sixth seed and world No.8 Nicole Vaidisova is Ana's scheduled third round opponent, while Martina Hingis is a potential quarter-final adversary.
The April podcast is now online. During the seven-minute audio report, Ana discusses the past month, both on and off the court, and looks forward to the European claycourt season. Click here to download the MP3 file.
Producer: Simon Mundie
Voiceover: Simon Mundie
Script: Vanja Vukojevic
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Duncan: Would you like to go into space?
Ana: No, I would not like to go into space! I’m actually a little bit scared of it. It’s a strange, unknown world.
Matija: Do professionals wear new wrist bands every match? I notice they often throw them into the crowd.
Ana: I’m not sure about the other players but I wash mine after each match!
We recently talked to Ana about her doubles partnership with Maria Kirilenko:
How exactly did you and Maria first start playing together?
In Australia last year we had a couple of practices together after we had lost in singles. We were both waiting to go to Tokyo. She asked me if I’d like to play doubles. At the time I wasn’t planning to play, but then I thought it would be good to get some more matches. We played well and reached the semi-finals. She had a partner at that time, [Gisela] Dulko, but after that we became a team.