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Lunchtime start for Ana May 29th 2006

Ana's French Open first round match against Samantha Stosur will take place tomorrow lunchtime. It has been scheduled as the second match on Court 1 and follows the men's singles tie between Tommy Haas and Rainer Schuettler, which begins at 11am Central European Time. We forecast that Ana's match will start sometime after 1pm.

We will be bringing you live text commentary of the match, as well as an exclusive report and audio interview.

Ana stays at No.21 May 29th 2006

Ana remains at No.21 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. Her position in the Porsche Race slips three places to No.23, while her doubles ranking drops four places to No.89.

Few of the top players were in action last week, so the top 25 is relatively unchanged.

Current Sony Ericsson WTA Tour top 25:

1 Amelie Mauresmo (Fra) 3,272pts
2 Kim Clijsters (Bel) 3,048pts
3 Nadia Petrova (Rus) 2,620pts
4 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 2,543pts
5 Justine Henin-Hardenne (Bel) 2,408pts
6 Mary Pierce (Fra) 2,302pts

Early start pleases Ana May 27th 2006

Ana is happy that this year’s French Open begins a day earlier. For the first time ever, the Grand Slam begins on a Sunday at Roland Garros. By adding an extra day of play during the weekend, the tournament will benefit from bigger crowds and television viewers.

Tough draw for Ana May 26th 2006

Ana has been drawn to play Samantha Stosur in the first round of Roland Garros. It will be Ana's second successive Grand Slam match against the Australian.

It is an extremely difficult draw for Ana: she is scheduled to meet former champion Anastasia Myskina in the third round, while last year's winner and favourite Justine Henin-Hardenne is a possible fourth round opponent.

Ana played Stosur in her last Grand Slam match in January's Australian Open. The 22-year-old, who was a finalist on the clay of Prague a fortnight ago, beat her 6-3, 7-5.

Updated: Roland Garros seeds guide May 24th 2006

With the French Open just four days away, we take a look at the credentials of all 32 women’s seeds. Please note that any opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and are entirely independent of Ana

1. Amelie Mauresmo

Roland Garros 2005 retrospective May 23rd 2006

We begin our countdown to the 2006 French Open, which begins on Sunday, by looking at how Ana fared in last year’s competition

Round one – beat Stephanie Foretz 6-3, 6-3
Ana began Roland Garros 2005, only her second ever grand slam tournament, as the world No.31. Despite being so inexperienced at the highest level, the 17-year-old thrashed Frenchwoman Foretz in a polished display of power tennis. Ana hit 21 winners and broke her opponent six times as she eased into the second round.

Ana drops to No.21 May 22nd 2006

Ana has fallen one place in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings, which are published today. The drop is due to Martina Hingis’ victory in the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome, which vaults the Swiss into the world’s top 20.

Ana was inactive last week due to the thigh injury she sustained in Berlin a fortnight ago. Consequently, she also moves down one place to No.20 in the Porsche Race. Her doubles ranking stays at No.85.

Ask Ana #14 May 21st 2006

drum: Ana, you're so beautiful ! Can you still live a normal life at home, with school, boyfriends and such things?
Ana: Hi! Thank you very much for the compliment! Things have changed because I get recognized a lot when I go out in Belgrade but I try and live like I used to. I have the same friends and do the same things. I don’t think I’m a big star or anything like that. I am just Ana. Regards, Ana.

Ana stars in new 'television series' May 20th 2006

Ana is one of a dozen players currently starring in the “Get Closer to the Tour” television feature, a joint Sony Ericsson/Eurosport series of ‘vignettes’.

The aim of the programmes is to give viewers greater insight into the personalities of their favourite players. The series is divided into four themes: ‘The Real Me’, ‘Inspiration and Performance’, ‘My Tour and Travelling’ and ‘Hobbies and Interests’.

Ana named second best-looking player May 19th 2006

Ana has finished second in the ACE Hot List, the annual rundown of the world’s sexiest tennis players. In an extremely close poll, Ana was runner-up to Maria Sharapova.

In order to decide the top 10s, ACE Tennis magazine, Britain’s biggest selling tennis magazine, invited fans to vote for their ten favourite players online. Ten points were awarded for a first place selection, nine points for a second place choice, and so forth down to one point for a tenth place ranking.