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Kirilenko upsets Ana Feb 2nd 2006

Maria Kirilenko was made to fight for a place in the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open despite a straight-sets victory over Ana Ivanovic. It was a very close match in which Ana managed to convert only one of 11 break points.

Kirilenko next for Ana Feb 1st 2006

Ana will face Russian Maria Kirilenko in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open after brushing aside home favourite Ai Sugiyama 6-3, 6-0 yesterday.

It will be the third time that Ana has faced Kirilenko. Ana holds a 2-0 advantage in career meetings: she beat the 19-year-old 6-1, 6-1 in the second round of last year's Australian Open and triumphed 7-5, 6-1 in qualifying for the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open a month later.

Ana powers past Sugiyama Jan 31st 2006

Ana won her first round match at the Toray Pan Pacific Open against the local favourite Ai Sugiyama 6-3 6-0. Ana had an excellent game and her serve worked well as well, which is very important on this surface. This was one of the matches where one can enjoy watching her! She was very nervous before the match, perhaps a bit more then usual because of the early loss in Melbourne.

Ana’s next opponent is her doubles partner Maria Kirilenko.

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.