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Arguably the most exciting match of Ana’s 2006 season was this 6-4, 6-4 victory over Katarina Srebotnik in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Ana hit an incredible 41 winners during the match, many of them breathtaking forehands that had the crowd and commentators gasping. The final point, which ends with Srebotnik sprawled across the net and Ana jumping up and down with delight, is particularly entertaining.
We crunch the numbers of Ana’s 2006 season
- Ana began her second full year on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranked 16th and finished it at No.14. Within this year she reached a career high ranking of 13 on 16 October
- Ana’s win-loss record for the year was 38-19 (67%), which includes a 3-1 mark in the Fed Cup. Her two wins and one defeat in the Hopman Cup are not counted because of the event’s status as an exhibition
By her own admission this performance in the first round of the Rogers Cup was one of Ana's best of the 2006 season. She maintained a high level throughout the 6-4, 6-2 victory against Golovin, recording her fifth straight win against the Frenchwoman in the process. Ana reproduced this form in the later rounds and went on to win the tournament.
Anna: What is your favorite Starbucks drink?
Ana: I like cappuccino with low fat milk and lots of foam!
maryjka: Hi Ana:) I wonder what your eye colour is. I found some pictures from Montréal, and I saw that your eyes are blue/gray. But in other pictures your eyes are brown. Which colour is true (you look beautiful with both!)? Kisses from Warsaw!
Ana: My eyes are green-brown. Thank you very much for this compliment.
Antonio: Hi Ana! How old were you when you left your country to play an international tournament?
Ana: I was 14 when I first played a tournament overseas. It was in South America.
Evan: Hey Ana. Considering the style of tennis you play, are there any adjustments that you attempt to implement in your game so it’s more effective on clay? I was wondering as many players struggle on clay because their game doesn’t work on the surface.
The third and final part of our 2006 photograph highlights package sees half a dozen images that were shot during the second half of the year.
Pictures by Getty Images, Stephanie Morel and an unknown photographer.
1st image: Ana celebrates during her 6-2, 6-1 win over Akiko Morigami at the Acura Classic in San Diego
2nd image: Ana looks pensive during her US Open first round doubles match alongside Maria Kirilenko
3rd image: Ana during a changeover in her first round doubles match with Maria Kirilenko at the US Open
The second installment of some of the best pictures of Ana taken during 2006. The following six images are all from the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Ana's first Tier I title triumph
1st image: Ana began her campaign with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory over Tatiana Golovin
- 2nd, 3rd and 4th images: Ana was elated after defeating Katarina Srebotnik to reach her first semi-final of the year
- 5th image: Ana's biggest accomplishment to date starts to sink in
- 6th image: Ana poses with her trophy
Over the next few days we will publish some of the best on-court photographs of Ana that were taken in 2006. We begin with six images from the first half of the year.
1st image: Ana celebrates victory over Amelie Mauresmo in Sydney's Medibank International
2nd image: Ana berates herself during her Australian Open second round defeat to Samantha Stosur
3rd image: Ana in action at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo
4th image: Ana and doubles partner Maria Kirilenko in Tokyo
Ana had lost eight out of eight sets against Patty Schnyder before their meeting in Warsaw this year. The teenager was without a coach, having recently parted company with Zoltan Kukharsky. Despite being on her own, Ana played one of her best matches of 2006, totally reversing the trend against the Swiss by overwhelming her 6-3, 6-2.