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Ana scored a brilliant 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over world No.10 Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. The 19-year-old will now meet world No.1 Maria Sharapova’s in the last four on Saturday.
Having only won one match from a set down in 2006 – against Dinara Safina at Wimbledon – Ana has now done it in consecutive matches within the opening month of the year.
She hit an astonishing seven aces during the opening set but still lost it, Jankovic herself producing a dominant serving performance to take it thanks to two breaks.
Ana beat world No.41 Mara Santangelo 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She will meet fourth seed Jelena Jankovic in the last eight on Friday.
Ana, who is debuting a new adidas outfit here, slapped down 10 aces during the 91-minute match. A solitary break was all the Italian needed to clinch the opening set but after the initial setback Ana took firm control of the match and held serve throughout sets two and three.
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Ana beat world No.49 Shenay Perry 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. The fifth seed clinched victory inside 54 minutes.
Playing her first match since splitting with coach David Taylor, Ana scored her third consecutive straights sets win over the American.
The 19-year-old served at 75 per cent and lost just two points when she got the first ball in. She didn’t face a single break point all match and converted all three of the break points she earned.
Ana will meet either Italian Mara Santangelo or Japan’s Aiko Nakamura in the second round.
Ana has fallen two places to No.16 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles rankings, which are published today. Despite bettering her Australian Open performance of 12 months ago by reaching the third round, Ana is overtaken by Israeli Shahar Peer and Melbourne champion Serena Williams.
In the Porsche Race, the standings that determine the eight qualifiers for the end of season Sony Ericsson Championships, Ana is positioned at No.14. Her doubles ranking is 57.
Ana has been drawn to face world No.44 Shenay Perry in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, which begins on Monday.
It will be the pair’s third meeting with Ana yet to drop a set in past matches against the American, though Perry has broken into the top 50 since their last meeting in Indian Wells last year.
Should she overcome the 22-year-old, Ana will play either home hope Aiko Nakamura or Italy’s Mara Santangelo in the second round. No.5 Ana is seeded to meet Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals.
Britain’s ACE Tennis Magazine has kindly donated three A3-sized posters of Ana, which she has signed. The posters, which were accompanied with the January/Feburary 2007 issue, feature the image of Ana that is displayed here on one side, with men’s world No.2 Rafael Nadal on the other. The full ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour 2007 tournament calendars are printed beneath the pictures.
Ana has ended coach David Taylor’s contract with immediate effect.
“The relationship between player and a travelling coach is very unusual," said Ana. "You spend so much time together on the court and off it, so it is really important that you get on well.
“On the court I was making some improvements but off the court we weren’t getting on so well. It became a difficult working environment for everyone, and not one that was going to bring me success. I decided that it was best if we stopped working together. I would like to wish David all the best.”