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Ana defeated world No.78 Vania King 6-3, 6-0 in just 57 minutes to progress to the third round of the Pacific Life Open.
Having trailed 3-1, Ana produced a regal performance to brush aside the 18-year-old American. The second half of the match was a fiesta of fabulous forehands by the world No.14.
Ana filmed her latest video diary on Thursday evening. Right-click here and select "Save Target As" to download it, or left-click to load it in your default media player. You need the Divx codec to play the file. It can be http://download.divx.com/divx/DivXInstaller.exe " > downloaded here.
Photo: Ugo Zamborlini for Gazzetta dello Sport Sportweek
Ana has been drawn to face either world No.78 Vania King or qualifier Katerina Bondarenko in the second round of the Pacific Life Open, which begins on Wednesday. She is seeded tenth so receives a first round bye.
Ana beat King 6-2, 6-0 in the first round of the Australian Open in January in the pair’s only meeting to date. She lost to Bondarenko in the junior Wimbledon final three years ago. The second round match is set to take place on Saturday.
Ana is unchanged at No.14 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles rankings, which are published today. Barring any withdrawals, she will be seeded 10th for this week’s Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.
The 19-year-old slips one place to No.9 in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships. Her doubles ranking is 74.
At the top of the rankings, Justine Henin’s victory in Doha last week sees her close the gap on Maria Sharapova to just 33 points.
Current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles top 20:
1 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 3,824pts
At the end of March we will be launching a new feature – monthly podcasts.
An MP3 file detailing Ana's monthly acitivity, including exclusive interviews, will be available for download.
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Today we are renewing our monthly prize draw. The winner of the March compeition will receive an adidas shirt personally signed and addressed by Ana.
For a chance to win, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to the following question:
Up until 1 March 2007, which player had Ana defeated more times than any other on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour?
Include the following details in your entry:
- Your full name
- Username (if any)
- Date of birth
The winner of the February competition is Chris Cable from Florida, United States. He correctled named Nobu as Ana's favourite restaurant.
Congratulations to Chris, he wins a Wilson racket and signed photo of Ana.
The March competition will be launched very soon.
By kind courtesy of The Tennis Channel, here is the interview Ana did with them just before the Australian Open last month. It was filmed at the adilibria event that launched Ana's new adidas outfit.
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© 2007 The Tennis Channel, Inc.
Ana's singles ranking is unchanged at No.14 in the latest list published today by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Despite a week of inactivity she remains in the top eight in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships Singles Standings.
The 19-year-old is eighth in rankings that determine the eight qualifers for the season-ending championships in Madrid. Meanwhile, her doubles ranking moves up one place to 73rd.
Elsewhere in the rankings, Jelena Jankovic re-enters the top 10 at the expense of Anna Chakvetadze, while Vera Zvonareva is a new entrant into the top 20.
Justin Luna: Ana, are you entering any tourneys in Florida over the next few months (unsure what the WTA schedule is right now). I am about to take the Bar exam in a week, and need a great way to unwind. Kick some butt! Sincerely, Justin Luna
Ana: Yes, I am playing in Miami next month and then in Amelia Island in April. I am looking forward to both tournaments. Amelia Island will be interesting because it is green clay, which is different to what I play on in Europe. Good luck in this exam!