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chris: You have often said that Melbourne is your favourite city, and you have relatives there. What do you like about Melbourne? Do you do much sightseeing there?
Ana: I’ve probably done more sightseeing in Melbourne than at other tournaments, because I trained there last December, so I had some free time. Also my uncle lives in Mentone, so I have been there quite a lot. One of the best things about Melbourne is the people. I really like Australians: they seem laid-back and friendly. I’m very happy that both my coach and physical trainer are Australians.
Eduardo von Hafe: As a young boy, I practiced and played tennis to become professional but in our country (Portugal) tennis was not an option at the time, so when I was 16 I chose to study and graduate. Do you think its possible for a boy/girl to study and try a career in tennis nowadays? Best regards, wish you success, Eduardo
Lena: Hey Ana! What was your first thought after you scored the matchball in Montreal? It was definitely a great tournament and I think a foretaste of what is to come. Does it help you to read the fan´s comments? Does it gives you confidence, or what do you feel? You´re an amazing tennis player! All the best!
kevin: Hi Ana! First of all, I want to tell you that you're the kindest girl on the WTA tour and I really appreciate the fact that you're so close of your fans. I want to ask you what do you do during the travels in airplane especially if they are long and I wanna know if it's difficult with the jet lag especially the day after for the training? Thanks for the answers, take care!! Kevin
Ana lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to Russia's Olga Poutchkova in round one of the Wismilak International.
It was an error-strewn performance from Ana, who never looked comfortable during the three-set loss.
“I’m very disappointed with my game today,” said Ana. “I made way too many unforced errors. And my serve, a couple of games it was working and then not so much. I’m disappointed with that. I still had my chances but everything I went for was a mis-hit or a mistake.”
Ana's next scheduled tournament is the FORTIS Championships Luxembourg, which begins on 25 September.
Ana's Wismilak International first round match against Olga Poutchkova is scheduled as the fourth on Center Court on Tuesday.
Play at the Grand Hyatt Nusa Dua Bali begins at 3pm local time each day, so Ana's match is unlikely to start before 7.30pm local time (1.30pm Central European Time).
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Ana has climbed to her highest ever ranking. In the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles list, published today, the 18-year-old moves up two places to No.15.
The result is a consequence of Ana’s third round finish at the US Open: she leapfrogs Anna-Lena Groenefeld and last year’s runner-up Mary Pierce.
Ana has been drawn against world No.103 Olga Poutchkova in the first round of the Wismilak International, which begins on Monday. She has never before played the 18-year-old Russian.
Given that Poutchkova has only ever won one match on the main tour, Ana will be a strong favourite to progress to the second round, where she would face a qualifier.
Ana, who is the No.4 seed, could face world No.25 Marion Bartoli in the quarter-finals. Her seeded semi-final opponent is No.2 Patty Schnyder.
marshall: Ana I have watched a few of your matches. Have you worked on coming to the net more? When you pick your times to come you usually are very aggressive.
Ana: Yes, this is something I am working on. I think I have integrated it into my game a lot more lately, but it is still an area that I definitely need to improve. Playing doubles has helped my volleys. It is my wish to be a great net player.
Vic: Ana, the poll for the football rated Canberra as the second most boring city. But overall, Pretoria is the most boring city ahead of Canberra and Johannesburg. Because you won your first WTA title in Canberra, do you think that Canberra is the most boring city and a dreary city? I’m just asking because I am proud to be your fan. Answer please!!!!!
Ana: When we were there it was holidays so there were not many people. I didn’t get the impression that is was as lively a city as Sydney, Perth or Melbourne but probably in the other times of the year it is more lively.