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Ana will play Anna Chakvetadze in the third round of the Acura Classic today after the Russian defeated third seed Nadia Petrova 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. The match is scheduled as the first on Court 1 and will begin at 11am local time (8pm Central European Time).
Ana and 19-year-old Chakvetadze have met four times before with Ana leading the series 3-1. Two of their matches have taken place this year, with Ana winning 6-3, 6-3 on hard courts in Indian Wells but losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in Warsaw.
Ana scored another convincing victory at the Acura Classic when she defeated world No.55 Amy Frazier 6-3, 6-2.
Ana hit eight aces and broke her opponent five times during the 60-minute match. She has now won her last six matches against Americans in straight sets.
Ana, who has dropped just eight games in her opening two matches, will face a Russian in the third round tomorrow: either third seed Nadia Petrova or Anna Chakvetadze.
Ana’s second round match against world No.55 Amy Frazier at the Acura Classic has been scheduled as the second on the stadium court today. It is expected to begin sometime after 11.30am local time (8.30pm Central European Time).
Thankfully the weather has cooled somewhat in San Diego in recent days. Today’s forecasted high temperature is just 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko advanced to round two of the Acura Classic with a convincing 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ukrainian sisters Alona and Katerina Bondarenko.
The teenagers were broken just once during the 78 minute match as they set up an encounter with third seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.
This is Ana and Maria's fifth tournament together: they reached the semi-finals of Tokyo and Warsaw and the final of s'Hertogenbosch before losing in the first round at Wimbledon.
Ana is through to the second round of the Acura Classic after a resounding 6-2, 6-1 win over world No.62 Akiko Morigami.
Playing her first match under the guidance of new coach David Taylor, and her first ever in San Diego, Ana outplayed the Japanese 26-year-old. Ana won 73 points to her opponents’ 52 and was not broken throughout the 72 minute match.
"It was a good start [to the tournament]," said Ana. "I think that I moved well and my groundstrokes were efficient. I was also pleased with my serve.
There are no changes to the top 20 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings. Ana remains at No.20 in both the singles and Porsche Race standings. Her doubles ranking is unchanged at No.94.
The main change to the singles rankings sees five-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams slide from 24 to 32.
Ana has appointed Australian Scott Byrnes as her new fitness trainer, having parted company with Switzerland’s Pierre Paganini. Byrnes, a distinguished conditioning coach, will work exclusively with Ana for between 100 and 150 days per year.
“Scott is a very talented trainer and, like my new coach David Taylor, a very nice guy who is fun to work with,” said Ana. “This is an important quality and I am confident that Scott will help me a lot with many areas of my game. I am very excited about my new coaching team.”
Ana has been handed a very difficult draw at the Acura Classic in San Diego. In her first event under the guidance of new coach David Taylor – and her first appearance since Wimbledon four weeks ago – Ana faces world No.75 Akiko Morigami in the round one. Thereafter it will be exceedingly tough for the 18-year-old.
Anke Huber kindly took time out from a vacation to answer a few questions about Ana and her role as the 18-year-old's mentor, as part of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s Partners for Success program.
What is your initial impression of Ana as a player?
Anke: I think Ana is a great tennis player with still a lot of potential. She can hit the ball very hard and her serve is already very strong. If she keeps on working hard she will soon be a top ten player.
And what about Ana as a person?
Ashley: My Question, On average how many rackets would you go through in one tournament? -Ashley
Ana: Hey Ashley. I don’t smash any! I always have six rackets with me. A few will be strung differently, maybe half a kilo less tension depending on the conditions, or if there are new balls. I don’t think I have ever used more than three rackets in one match. Regards, Ana.