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Overall, Ana is happy with the reforms that were announced last month by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She is concerned about two issues, but otherwise the 19-year-old welcomes the changes.
“It’s exciting,” said Ana. “Everyone is excited about these changes. For us players it’s exciting because there will be more big tournaments where all the top players are participating and playing each other. Still, it’s very hard to say how it’s going to go until we try.”
Meryl: Hi Ana, I just read a blog by a very popular tennis writer in which he says that tennis is not for people who observe niceties; the champions are self-absorbed. What do you think of that observation, given how nice and considerate you seem to be?
Ana has risen two places to No.15 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. She lies just two spots from her career-best position of No.13.
The 19-year-old is also ranked 15th in the Race to the Championships, the standings that determine the eight qualifers for the season-ending compeition in Madrid. Ana's doubles ranking is unchanged at 88.
Current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles top 20:
1 Justine Henin-Hardenne (Bel) 3,859pts
2 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 3,388pts
3 Amelie Mauresmo (Fra) 2,776pts
Today we are renewing our monthly prize draw. The winner of the April compeition will receive a Wilson racket, a Wilson racket bag and a signed photo of Ana.
For a chance to win, please send an email to email@example.com explaining how and why you first became a supporter of Ana. The most entertaining story, as judged by us, will win the first prize, and will be published. Two runners-up will receive signed photos of Ana.
Please include the following details in your entry:
- Your full name
michael, sydney: Hi Ana, Have you ever been to a football/soccer game before? As in a European match and if so what one? I think you are heaps hot and an awesome tennis player, good luck for the rest of the year. Make me proud haha!
Ana: Thanks for this compliment! I went to a match two years ago when I was playing in Rome. It was Rome against Milan. It was a crazy atmosphere!
Marko: Hello Anči. I'd like to know if you've watched The bodyguard movie. If yes, how do you fancy it? Best wishes from Marko
Ana was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by ninth seed Vera Zvonareva in the third round of the Family Circle Cup.
Ana was broken in the opening game but hit back immediately, winning four straight points on the 22-year-old's serve to level.
Another break ensued, meaning that the first three games all went against serve, until Zvonareva held to lead 3-1.
Ana missed a break point oppportunity in the sixth game and was broken for a second time as she served to stay in the opening set.
Nikola Sutic from Serbia is the latest winner of the monthly competition. He correctly named Tatiana Golovin as the player Ana had defeated more times than any other on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour by the end of February.
Congratulations to Nikola, he wins an adidas shirt signed by Ana.
The April competition will be launched shortly.
Ana reached the third round of the Family Circle Cup with a 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 win over world No.53 Gisela Dulko. She beat the Argentine in two hours and 18 minutes to set up a clash with ninth seed Vera Zvonareva.
The 19-year-old faced three break points in the opening game of the match. After saving them all she then powered through the set, breaking Dulko three times out of three. It was the third 'bagel' set Ana has won this year.