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After holding a 6-2, 1-0 advantage, Ana was disappointed that she wasn’t able to beat No.4 seed Elena Dementieva yesterday, but the 18-year-old’s preferred to look to the future rather than dwell on a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 defeat in what was only her third appearance in a Tier I quarter-final.
“I’m still young and I have so many things to improve in my game,” said Ana. “I’m just taking one step at a time, trying to work on my physical preparation, a little bit more on my serve, and the consistency in my game. Hopefully this year I’m going to reach the top 10. That’s my goal.”
The tennis equivalent of the game of two halves was played out at the Pacific Life Open this lunchtime, as Ana dominated the beginning of her quarter-final match with Elena Dementieva only to lose in three sets. The 18-year-old eventually went down 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 to the fourth seeded Russian.
Ana revealed to us during the Australian Open earlier this year that she is not a fan of early starts but that certainly was not in evidence today as she flew out of the blocks, breaking Dementieva in the third game and losing only one point in her own opening two service games.
Elena Dementieva, whom Ana plays in the quarter-finals of the Pacific Life Open today, is looking forward to her first ever meeting with the 18-year-old.
“I watched her a lot last year,” said the Russian. “I think she’s very talented. It’s going to be a tough match for me. She has a great serve and very powerful play. It’s going to be very interesting for me.”
Ana has reached the quarter-finals of the Pacific Life Open. She beat Russian Anna Chakvetadze 6-3, 6-3 to set up a meeting with fourth seed Elena Dementieva. It will be the third Tier I quarter-final of Ana's career following her last eight appearances in Miami and Zurich last year.
Ana is into the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open. She thrashed American Shenay Perry 6-1, 6-3 in the last match of the day at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens to set up a meeting with Russian Anna Chakvetadze.
On a cold night in front of few spectators on the stadium court, Ana raced into a 3-0 lead, twice breaking the world No.94 thanks to a combination of clean, powerful hitting and unforced errors by Perry. She wrapped up the opening set inside half an hour, breaking Perry four times as she attacked the American’s second serve mercilessly.
Ana’s third round match at the Pacific Life Open, against American Shenay Perry, will take place on the main stadium court today as part of the night session. It will be the first time Ana has played on the main court during an evening session at a major event.
Ana defeated Perry, the world No.94, in their only previous meeting at the Australian Open earlier this year. In that match Ana triumphed 6-4, 6-4 despite not playing her best tennis. The American varied her game well, hitting a mixture looping forehands and sliced backhands
Ana eased to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Severine Bremond in the second round of the Pacific Life Open. The 18-year-old had too much firepower for the world No.119 and triumphed in 66 minutes.
Ana broke in the fourth and sixth games of the first set and in the first, fifth and seventh games of the second set. Though she was twice broken herself, an impressive first serve percentage of 71 helped Ana ease to victory.
A frustrating Saturday at the Pacific Life Open saw Ana's opening match, against Frenchwoman Severine Bremond, suspended overnight due to inclement weather in the desert.
Sunday's Order of Play sees the tie rescheduled as the second match on Court 3. It is due to follow the men's singles match between Filippo Volandri and Mardy Fish which, provided there are no further rain delays, will begin at 10am local time (7pm CET).
Severine Bremond took just 67 minutes to oust Zuzana Ondraskova and clinch a second round meeting with Ana. The match is due to take place tomorrow (Saturday).
The Frenchwoman, who was known as Beltrame before she married her coach, Eric Bremond, last September, triumphed 6-2, 6-2 over the Czech player. The win is her first victory on the Main Tour in 2006, having lost in the first round of the Australian Open and Paris and in qualifying in Antwerp.
We would like to announce a new feature of the site: a fan gallery. You can now upload your own photos of Ana and have them voted for by other visitors.
To access this feature simply click Media from the menu at the top of the page then Fan Gallery. To upload an image click Add Your Photo or to view the existing pictures, and to rate them from one-to-five stars, click on one of the named categories. A search facility is also available.
We hope that in time we can build a big collection of photos of Ana!