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The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has nominated Ana as one of the Most Improved Players of 2005. Ana is shortlisted alongside Anna Chakvetadze, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Maria Kirilenko and Nicole Vaidisova for the award, the winner of which will be announced during the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami next month.
Fans are invited to vote in this category and several others in the annual awards. To make your selections go to:
There is no change in Ana’s position in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings. She remains at No.17, one place off her career-best position.
In the Porsche Race, which is used to determine qualifiers for the season-ending WTA Championships, Ana drops three places to No.28: at this early stage in the season even one week of inactivity – Ana was not in action last week – is likely to see a player overtaken by those who did compete. Conversely, Ana’s doubles ranking rises by one place to No.94.
In 1991 two four-year-old children met at a ski resort in the former Yugoslavia. Neither had held a racket before, much less set foot on a tennis court. Fourteen years later they made their Grand Slam mixed doubles debut together and both are currently ranked in the world’s top 75. Ana and Novak Djokovic have remained close friends to this day.
World No.1 Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the Pacific Life Open, Ana's next event that begins in California on March 6. The Belgian's pullout due to an ankle injury, along with the absence of some of the world's highest-ranked players, means that Ana could be seeded as high as eighth for what is one of the most prestigious events of the year.
Ana has climbed one place to No.17 in the latest Official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. It is the third week in a row in which Ana has risen by one place and she currently stands one place behind her career-best ranking of 16.
Ana is featured in the weekly poll on the official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour website. The question is: “Which teenager will be the first to break into the Top 10?” Ana is nominated alongside Tatiana Golovin, Michaela Krajicek, Sania Mirza and Nicole Vaidisova.
To vote, go to www.wtatour.com.
The season may only be six weeks old but, as Ana takes a fortnight off before heading to America for two Tier I events, we take a look at how 2006 has gone so far for the 18-year-old:
After competing in the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp Ana has played four ranking tournaments this year plus the Hopman Cup, which is classed as an exhibition event so is not added to her official record. Ana has won five matches and lost four.
Ana produced one of her best performances of the year but lost 7-5, 6-3 to fourth seed Nadia Petrova in the second round of the Proximus Diamond Games. The scoreline was harsh on Ana, who will be very encouraged by her performance in what was a high-quality match.
Ana’s play was impressively balanced. She adopted her usual forceful, attacking style but retained a level of control that allowed her to keep unforced errors to a minimum. After four games the players could not be split.
Ana’s second round match with Nadia Petrova at the Proximus Diamond Games will take place tomorrow afternoon. It is scheduled as the second match on the Main Court and is due to begin sometime after 1.45pm Central European Time. It is expected to be televised on Eurosport 2 and we again plan to offer live game-by-game text commentary on this website.
Ana scored a Valentine's Day win over Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the first round of the Proximus Diamond Games. The 18-year-old triumphed 6-3, 6-3 in her first ever meeting with the world No.43 to record her maiden win in Antwerp.
Despite losing her opening service game, Ana stamped her authority on the match early on, overwhelming her diminutive opponent with a flurry of deep forehands. Vinci did her best to mix things up, approaching the net regularly, but Ana adapted well. She broke in the sixth game to forge ahead 4-2.