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Today we publish the first answers in our re-launched Ask Ana feature, the section of the site that allows you to ask Ana your own questions. Many thanks for all your questions so far. We hope to have more answers from Ana shortly.
Ana’s Nasdaq-100 Open is over after she and Sania Mirza lost 7-5, 6-0 to eighth seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Shinobu Asagoe in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles competition.
The teenage pair, who have a combined doubles ranking of 136 versus their opponents’ 83, got off to a poor start. Despite Ana serving an ace on the opening point of the match, the Slovenian-Japanese team surged to a 3-0 lead as Asagoe made several crafty interceptions at the net.
Ana used Hawk-Eye, the new electronic line calling system, for the first time during her Nasdaq-100 Open fourth round match with Amelie Mauresmo. Though she is supportive of the technology, she says it will take some time to get used to.
“It’s kind of a strange feeling,” said Ana, who made her first ever challenge in the ninth game when she queried an overruling of her first serve: Hawk-Eye showed that the umpire had correctly called the ball ‘out’.
Despite losing 7-5, 6-2 to world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo yesterday, Ana was pleased with the progress she is making with her net play, an area of her game she has been working hard on in practice. Ana made 24 visits to the net and volleyed confidently.
“I feel much more confident at the net at the moment,” said Ana. “When I had the chance to play volleys I think it went well so I’m happy about this part of my game in the match.”
There was the occasional glimpse of why one day she may hold the top ranking herself, but Ana could not repeat her heroics of past victories against world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo. The 18-year-old lost 7-5, 6-2 in a fourth round match that lasted 82 minutes.
“I don’t think I played a great match today,” said Ana, who had won her last two matches agaunst Mauresmo. “At times I think my forehand worked really well but I didn’t serve good and I made some mistakes on the important points.”
Ana is through to the quarter-finals of the Nasdaq-100 Open women’s doubles competition. She teamed up with Sania Mirza to beat Czech Kveta Peschke and Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-3.
Taking to the court just over an hour after she had played her fourth round singles match (click here for report), Ana and her Indian partner were always in control of the tie. Ana held all of her five service games.
After losing narrowly to world No.8 Elena Dementieva in Indian Wells last week, Ana said she wanted to play another top player at the Nasdaq-100 Open. “Hopefully I will get a chance to play another of the best players in Miami,” she wrote in her diary. Sure enough, Ana will face the best of them all, world No.1 Amelie Mauresmo, in the fourth round today after the Frenchwoman beat Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-0.
Ana teamed up with Sania Mirza to record her second win of the day at the Nasdaq-100 Open. The teenagers beat the Italian pairing of Tathiana Garbin and Maria Elena Camerin 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the women’s doubles.
It was a most unusual start to Ana's partnership with Mirza: the match was originally scheduled to take place on Court Seven but Camerin was involved in singles (she lost to Maria Sharapova) so late that, once she had rested, it was too dark to begin the match on a court without floodlights.
It was a mixed performance by Ana, but she is through to the fourth round of the Nasdaq-100 Open after beating world No.95 Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in one hour and 42 minutes.
“I don’t think this was a good performance from both of us,” said Ana. “I’m pleased I took my opportunities in the end.”
“I just think I could have played much better, but I wasn’t moving well. At some important points my serve was coming and I’m really happy that I took the opportunities I had.”
“I’m going to try and play my game,” said Ana about her third round clash with Alona Bondarenko, which is scheduled to take place today (Sunday) at 10am local time (4pm CET) on Court One. Ana has never before played the 21-year-old Ukrainian, who beat No.23 seed Annabel Medina Garrigues 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the last round.
The 18-year-old was particularly pleased with her 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 win over Iveta Benesova in her opening match because it had been such a tense encounter. She fell a break behind at the beginning of the final set but then found her best form.