The latest news about Ana!

Ana rises to No.20 Jan 30th 2006

Ana has moved up two places to No.20 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Rankings. In the Porsche Race, the list used to determine qualifiers for the season-ending WTA Championships, Ana moves to no.30.

Ana currently has 888.5 points, none of which were accrued during the corresponding week in 2005. This week she is appearing in the Toray Pan Pacific Open, a Tier I event.

The breakdown of points on offer in Tokyo is as follows: First Round, 1; Second Round, 42; Quarter-Final, 75; Semi-Final, 135; Final, 210; Winner, 300.

Ana to face Sugiyama in Tokyo Round One Jan 29th 2006

Ana will face local favourite Ai Sugiyama in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, which begins in Tokyo tomorrow. Ana is seeded no.8 for the first Tier I event of the season.

It will be the first time that Ana has faced the Japanese no.1, who is ranked 27 in the world. If she advances to the second round Ana will play either Russian Maria Kirilenko or a qualifier.

Ana’s provisional 2006 schedule Jan 27th 2006

We can today announce Ana’s provisional schedule up to Wimbledon. We must stress that this schedule is provisional and could change at any time – be sure to check this website regularly for the very latest news on Ana.

Toray Pan Pacific Open
Tokyo
January 30-February 5

Proximus Diamond Games
Antwerp
February 13-19

Pacific Life Open
Indian Wells
March 8-19

NASDAQ-100 Open
Miami
March 22-April 2

Fed Cup Euro/African Zone Group I
Bulgaria
Week commencing April 17

J&S Cup
Warsaw
May 1-7

Ana: "I was pleased with my game in the doubles" Jan 25th 2006

Ana was encouraged by her form in the Australian Open mixed doubles competition, in which she and Novak Djokovic narrowly failed to reach the quarter-finals. They lost 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 to sixth seeds Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva in round two yesterday.

“I was pleased with my game in the doubles,” Ana said. “It gives me some more confidence. My volleys worked good. In the last few days I’ve been practising really good so I’m happy about that and looking forward to the next tournament.”

Mixed doubles defeat for Ana Jan 24th 2006

David caused Goliath to stumble a little bit in the late afternoon sun but could not trip him up. Despite taking the opening set with a most polished performance, Ana and Novak Djokovic lost in three sets to doubles heavyweights Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva in the second round of the Australian Open mixed doubles event.

Updated: Evening start for Ana and Novak Jan 23rd 2006

Ana and Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open mixed doubles second round match has been scheduled as the fifth match on Court Two tomorrow (Tuesday). Their showdown with sixth seeds Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva is expected to begin sometime after 4.30pm local time (6.30am Central European Time).

It follows two Legends mixed doubles ties, a boys’ singles and another mixed doubles match on an arena that holds 3,000 spectators. There are no seats reserved on Court Two; all visitors with ground passes can gain admission.

Mixed doubles win for Ana Jan 22nd 2006

Ana was back to her best – or at least something near it – as she and fellow Serb Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Australian Open mixed doubles. They beat Russians Igor Andreev and Maria Kirilenko 6-7, 6-2, 10-4 in an entertaining encounter.

Heat delays Ana Jan 22nd 2006

Searing heat at Melbourne Park has caused Ana's first round mixed doubles match with Novak Djokovic to be heavily delayed. The tournament's Extreme Heat Policy, which prevents matches from starting on the outside courts if the temperature is deemed by the tournament office to be excessive, came into effect at 10.23am local time.

Initially scheduled for third match of the day on Margaret Court Arena, Ana's match against the Russian pairing of Igor Andreev and Maria Kirilenko was later changed to second match on MCA.

Mixed doubles next for Ana Jan 20th 2006

Ana has the consolation of a Mixed Doubles match, alongside Novak Djokovic, to look forward to after losing to Samantha Stosur in the Second Round of the Australian Open. Ana and Novak have been handed a wildcard and will play their First Round match on Sunday.

The teenage Serbians will face another young pairing, Russians Igor Andreev and Maria Kirilenko. The average age of the four players is just 19-and-a-half years, making Sunday's encounter one of the youngest Grand Slam Mixed Doubles matches of recent years.

Stosur stops Ana in Second Round Jan 19th 2006

Teenagers do love their sleep. The 11am start appeared to do Ana no favours as she failed to produce her best tennis on her way to a 6-3, 7-5 defeat to home favourite Samantha Stosur.

“She’s a terrific player,” said Ana. “She always plays well here and she played really good today. She didn’t give me time to get into a rhythm. I made way too many mistakes and my serve didn’t work at all.”