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Ana has been forced to withdraw from next week's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart because of a ruptured tendon in her right shoulder.
“I’m really disappointed that I can’t play in Stuttgart,” said Ana. “It is one of the best organised and most fun tournaments on the Tour.
“My shoulder has been hurting. I wasn’t able to serve at 100 per cent against Venus and I felt pain when I practiced this morning. The most important thing is not to make it worse, so I decided to withdraw. I couldn’t play like this.”
The Tennis Channel in America has placed Ana on the shortlist its for "hotties" award, an online poll of the best looking tennis players.
The poll features a total of 11 players: strangely, Serena and Venus Williams have been grouped together. Ana's doubles partner Maria Kirilenko is the current leader.
The top five will be announced on the next edition of The Tennis Channel's Open Access programme. Click here to vote.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this week announced that it is extending its http://www.anaivanovic.com/index.php?path=news&tablepage=12&detailpage=394
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Ana lost 6-3, 6-4 to former world No.1 Venus Williams in the first round of the FORTIS Championships.
“It was a very difficult first round for me,” said Ana, who served six double faults, including several at inopportune moments. “She was playing very well and serving much better during the whole match. My serve was very up-and-down. That was one of the most important factors in this match.”
Making her first appearance in an indoor tournament since Antwerp in February, Ana made a bright start as she broke in the opening game and held for a 2-0 lead.
Ana's first round match against Venus Williams at the FORTIS Championships is scheduled as the fourth on Center Court on Wednesday. It will begin not before 5.30pm Central European Time.
Ana has played the five-time Grand Slam champion once before: the American triumphed 7-6, 7-6 in the second round of the Zurich Open two years ago.
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Check back shortly after the match for a full report.
Ana’s Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles ranking is unchanged at No.15 in the latest list, which is published today. She slips one place to No.14 in the Porsche Race, while her doubles ranking rises three places to No.50, an all-time high.
The most significant change to the singles rankings sees China Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova move up to a joint career-best position of No.4. Martina Hingis, who triumphed in Kolkata last week, moves up one place to No.8 at the expense of her countrywoman Patty Schnyder.
Thomas: Are you planning on playing in the Zurich Open? I will be at the Zurich Open on my trip to Switzerland. What would recommend visiting during my stay in Switzerland? Good Luck the rest of 2006 and in your tennis career
Ana: Thanks for your support. I am planning to play in Zurich next month. It is one of my favourite tournaments. I recommend that you take a boat cruise on the lake so you can see the amazing views of the Alps. Also visit the Old Town, and if you like shopping you should visit the Bahnhofstrasse.
Ana will face five-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the first round of the FORTIS Championships, which begins on Monday. Ana is seeded sixth for what is the opening tournament of the European indoor season.
Ana has played the American once before, a memorable second round clash in Zurich two years ago, which Williams won in two tiebreak sets. Williams has not played since Wimbledon and missed last month’s US Open with a left wrist injury.