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Ana's rankings are unchanged this week. She is 17th in singles, 88th in doubles and 14th in the Race. However, her semi-final placing in Amelia Island last week means that she is now within striking distance of those above her.
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On the eve of the Family Circle Cup, the year’s first Tier I event on clay, we profile the 16 seeds. Please note that any opinions expressed here are entirely those of the author and independent of Ana.
1. Nicole Vaidisova
Ana will play Argentine Gisela or a qualifier/lucky loser in the second round of the Family Circle Cup, a Tier I event that begins on Monday. She is seeded seventh and receives a first round bye.
No.9 Vera Zvonareva is Ana's seeded third round opponent in what is a very tricky draw. Top seed Nicole Vaidisova could await in the quarter-finals.
The leading players in the opposite half of the draw to Ana are No.2 seed Jelena Jankovic, whom she defeated this week in Amelia Island, and No.3 seed Serena Williams, who has won her last 13 matches.
Ana lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to eighth seed Tatiana Golovin in the semi-finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships. It was a match of missed opportunities for the 19-year-old, who could convert only five out of 21 break points during the two hour, 19-minute match.
During the opening nine games, which all went with serve, it became clear that the match was all about Ana. Golovin set herself up to defend; she waited for Ana's errors. The sixth seed was hitting the ball well off the ground, but the slow clay court made it difficult to produce winners.
Ana scored an impressive 7-5, 6-3 win over second seed Jelena Jankovic to reach the semi-finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships. It was a gritty display from the teenager, who triumphed in an hour and 28 minutes.
The first six games of the match went with serve. The seventh was an epic and saw Jankovic draw first blood as she broke to lead 4-3.
Ana broke back immediately. A further exchange of breaks followed before Ana edged to 6-5 with an ace. She took the set on her third set point by breaking the No.2 seed.
Ana eased into the quarter-finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships with a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of world No.43 Nathalie Dechy.
Ana dominated the 58-minute encounter, breaking the Frenchwoman six times and producing a first serve percentage of 57. She clinched victory on her first match point.
The 19-year-old will face second seed Jelena Jankovic in the last eight on Friday. The Serb crushed Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine 6-2, 6-0 in the third round.
Ana produced one of the best comebacks of her short career to defeat world No.37 Shuai Peng 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships.
After 40 mins of this match, Ana’s first ever competitive outing on green clay, the 19-year-old was staring into the abyss. She trailed 6-1, 2-0 and faced two break points at 15-40 on her serve. Cue a remarkable turnaround that saw the sixth seed fight off those break points then storm past the Chinese woman.
Ana has slipped two places to No.17 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. In the Race to the Championships she is 14th and her doubles ranking is 88.
Ana was hoping to play doubles this week at the Bausch & Lomb Championships with Alicia Molik, but the rankings cut-off was too high for the pair to gain automatic entry. Unfortunately both wildcards, including the one reserved for Gold Exempt players, had already been allocated, which meant that Ana and Molik had no way of entering.
On her first ever fishing trip Ana broke the Florida state record for the heaviest weakfish ever caught. The 19-year-old yesterday landed a “Cynoscion regalis” that weighed a whopping 10lbs. 3oz.
“This is unbelievable,” said Ana, visibly shocked. “I had never even been fishing before and now I break this record! It must have been beginner’s luck. It’s hard to believe this could happen.”
The sea excursion was part of a promotional appearance Ana was making ahead of the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, which begin tomorrow.