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Ana has jumped one place in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA tour rankings list. She now stands at world No.14, which is a reflection of her quarter-final appearance in last week’s Generali Ladies Linz tournament.
Though the 18-year-old lost in the last eight to top seed Maria Sharapova, so was unable to protect 49 of the 88 points she obtained from last year’s semi-final appearance in the same event, she moves ahead of Francesca Schiavone. This is because the Italian did not defend the points she earned 12 months ago .
Due to multiple withdrawals, Ana's draw at the Gaz de France Stars in Belgium has changed completely. Originally seeded fifth and scheduled to play Michaella Krajicek in round one, she is now the third highest ranked player in the draw and will face a qualifier in the first round.
Nadia Petrova and Nicole Vaidisova are the highest ranked players to withdraw. A whopping 10 spots in the draw are occupied by qualifiers and lucky losers.
Click here to watch a specially edited highlights video of Ana's 7-6, 7-5 defeat to top seed Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals of the Generali Ladies Linz.
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World No.3 Maria Sharapova won a hard-fought quarter-final 7-6, 7-5 against Ana in the quarter-finals of the Generali Ladies Linz.
It was a tight contest, as the scoreline illustrates, though the statistics – more unforced errors than winners for the 18-year-old – show that Ana was not close to her optimum level.
The fifth seed held serve to 30 in the opening game and saved three break points in the third. Serve was matched until the fifth game, when Sharapova broke to love. Rallies were decided by which player could strike the first blow, with Ana often on the defensive.
Ana is looking forward to today’s encounter with world No.3 Maria Sharapova. It will be her first ever match against the Russian.
“This is very exciting for me,” said Ana, who relishes matches against the world’s top players. “Maria is a great competitor and after winning the title [in Zurich] last week she is obviously in good form right now.
“But it’s most important the way I play and I have to be aggressive. I had some time off with my injury, but I feel good now and feel confident now that I have two wins here.”
Click here to watch a specially edited highlights video of Ana's 6-2 6-2 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round of the Generali Ladies Linz.
Ana's quarter-final against Maria Sharapova is scheduled to begin at 5pm Central European Time on Friday. It is expected to be screened live on Eurosport.
Ana produced a thoroughly commanding performance to dismiss Polish world No.66 Agnieszka Radwanska. The 18-year-old hit 27 winners and five aces as she secured an emphatic 6-2, 6-2 victory in just 62 minutes.
Ana faced some early pressure from her 17-year-old opponent, who scored impressive wins over Elena Dementieva and Venus Williams last month. She saved three break points in the second game before gaining the ascendancy and racing through the opening set.
Ana made a positive return to action by beating world No.35 Michaella Krajicek 6-1, 7-6 in the first round of the Generali Ladies Linz. Despite being absent from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour for the past month because of a shoulder injury, Ana dominated her Dutch opponent for much of the match, sealing victory in 84 minutes.
Ana underlined her intentions in the opening game by breaking Krajicek to love. She added two further breaks during a breakneck-speed first set in which she won twice as many points (30 to 15) as the 17-year-old.
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.