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Kristin: Hey Ana! I’ve got a question: How do you do your hair if you play a match? I think that most female players have long hair, and especially if you have a layered haircut (like me) it is very difficult to do the hair without having any strands of hair hanging in the face. Do you have a special way to be able to play with a "clear view"? ;) Ana, I wish you all the best for your tennis career! Ajde!
Ana has made a series of appearances on Serbian television recently, including an interview on the programme "Beogradska Hronika", which was screened by RTS1 last week.
In the six minute feature Ana talks about her goals for next year, the support she receives from her family, friends, coaches and sponsors, training and life on tour.
Image: Hi Ana, thanks to the answers to many questions we ask you and needless to say, your answers are brilliant and very informative, like the way you look and carry yourself in every way. May I know if you do swim as part of your routine exercise since swimming involves swinging arms and trains almost the whole body??? Love u lots!!!
Ana: Thanks! At the moment swimming is not part of my training regime but we plan to add it to my programme very soon, probably next month.
Ana scored her second successive win over Amelie Mauresmo when she beat the Frenchwoman 6-3, 7-5 in round two of the Medibank International in Sydney at the start of 2006. Alongside her performance against Martina Hingis in Montreal, Ana lists it as one of her very best.
A look back at six of Ana’s best matches during 2006
6-3, 7-5 vs Amelie Mauresmo, Sydney, January
Ana was only just beginning her second full season as a pro but, remarkably, she was facing world No.3 Amelie Mauresmo for the fifth time. Along with the win over Hingis (see below) Ana rates this performance as one of her two best in her short career to date. The magnitude of the victory was amplified when the Frenchwoman went on to win the Australian Open a fortnight later. In fact, Mauresmo did not suffer another defeat for another 17 matches.
Until she thrashed Martina Hingis in the Montreal final this year, the high watermark of Ana’s fledgling career was this 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over then world No.3 Amelie Mauresmo on Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros.
Ana showed remarkable nerve to hold off the Frenchwoman in front of her adoring fans. In only her second Grand Slam as a senior, Ana would go on to make the quarter-finals.
san diego j.: Ana, I’ve been playing for about 20 years, and I still frequently have days where I feel like I can't get anything right and it seems like every ball lands a few inches long. So I was wondering if, at your level, you still have those days on the court when absolutely nothing goes right. Thanks! You’re beautiful!
Over the next month or so we will be screening highlights of some of Ana's most memorable matches. Where better place to start than the 2004 Zurich Open second round match between Ana and Venus Williams?
For many, this was the match in which Ana first caught the eye – it was only her third Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournament. Aged just 16 and ranked No.156, she went toe-to-toe with the then world No.11 and winner of four Grand Slam titles during two absorbing tiebreak sets.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour this week announced rule changes aimed at reducing the frequency of player withdrawals. Having admitted that injury-enforced pullouts have reached a new high this season, the Tour has moved to eradicate the problem.
Two of the five measures agreed at the Tour’s board meeting in Madrid this week are only applicable to those who have been competing for 12 years or more, or those aged 30 and above. The changes that affect Ana are:
We take a look back at the second half of Ana’s 2006
Ana began life with her new coaching team, Australians David Taylor and Scott Byrnes, a week after Wimbledon. Their first training sessions in Switzerland were gruelling, with the teenager exerting herself harder than ever before in the weeks leading up to the American hard court season.