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Ana's first round match against Emmanuelle Gagliardi has been scheduled as the third match on Court 5 tomorrow (Wednesday). It follows the ladies singles match between Lisa Raymond and Yaroslava Shvedova and the men's singles tie between David Ferrer and Simon Stadler.
There is no rain forecast for Wednesday and the match should begin sometime after 3pm local time (4pm Central European Time). Court 5 is one of the smallest arenas at the All England Club: there are no stands, just park bench-style seating.
Persistent rain on the first day of the Championships, which allowed only 44 minutes of play, means that Ana will not start her round one match until Wednesday at the earliest.
Ana meets Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi in round one. You can follow live game-by-game text commentary of the match on this website.
Ana remains at No.22 in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. She moves up one place to No.21 in the Porsche Race, while her doubles ranking leaps 21 places to No.71.
The rises are due to Ana’s performances in the Ordina Open last week, where Ana was a quarter-finalist in the singles competition and runner-up, alongside Maria Kirilenko, in the doubles event.
Ana is in action at Wimbledon this week. She has 62 points to defend from last year.
A public opinion poll commissioned by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour reveals that 80 per cent of the British public support equal prize money at Wimbledon. Ana favours financial parity for women, though she is perhaps not as passionate as some of her peers.
“This isn’t something I feel very strongly about,” said Ana. “I don’t really want to complain because we get paid well and I am very grateful for this.
With The Championships beginning on Monday, we take a look back at Ana’s performances at the All England Club last year
Round one – beat Vera Dushevina 6-4, 6-3
Despite being seeded 19 for her first senior Wimbledon, Ana was handed a tricky opening match against world No.37 Vera Dushevina, who had reached the Eastbourne final the previous week.
Ana and Maria Kirilenko were beaten 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 by top seeds Zi Yan and Jie Zheng in the final of the Ordina Open.
The teenagers had chances to break early in the third set but the experience of the Chinese pairing took them to the title.
Zheng said: "They were a very good team. Both of them are higher-ranked in singles, so we expected a tough match. Ivanovic has a very good serve and forehand, which can be very dangerous."
Ana has been drawn to play Switzerland's Emmanuelle Gagliardi in the first round of the Championships, which begin on Monday. Ana has never before played the world No.119, who has twice reached the third round at Wimbledon.
Should she overcome the Swiss, Ana will face either Marta Domachowska of Poland, whom she beat at the J&S Cup in Warsaw two months ago, or British wild card Sarah Borwell. Ana's scheduled third round opponent is No.14 seeded Russian Dinara Safina, while top seed Amelie Mauresmo awaits in round four.
Ana exacted swift revenge on Elena Dementieva, who had beaten her in the singles quarter-finals earlier in the day. Ana and Maria Kirilenko defeated second seeds Dementieva and Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 to reach their first final together.
The teeangers will have their work cut out in the decider: they face the top seeded Chinese pairing of Zi Yan and Jie Zheng.
Ana lost 7-6, 6-4 to top seed Elena Dementieva in the quarter-finals of the Ordina Open.
It is Ana's last singles match before Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.
Ana is seeded No.20 for the 2006 Championships. She is scheduled to face a player seeded between nine and 16 in the third round.
Ana’s seeding is two positions above her world ranking due to the injury-enforced withdrawals of Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce.
The All England Club uses a subjective seeding policy and has elevated reigning champion Venus Williams from her world ranking of 12 to a seeding of seventh. However, that is the only change: the 32 seeds otherwise follow the current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings.