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One week before Roland Garros, Ana made a new career high ranking - she is ranked 32nd with only 16 tournaments played.
Ana played her first WTA tournament last year in May, at Vienna, Austria. Then she was ranked 209.
This year so far, in less then 6 months, Ana won 25 matches, lost 8, and moved up 65 places on WTA rankings. And all off this is achieved with playing in only 9 tournaments.
Ana's next stop is Roland Garros, where she will be one off the seeded players, for the first time in her career in a Grand Slam tournament. This is her first appearance at this event.
Ana lost her third round match to eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2. Ana never got her game going while the Swiss number one played exceptionally well.
Ana reached the last 16 of the Rome Masters despite playing well below her best in her second round win over Anna Chakvetadze (RUS).
Ana will next face Patty Schnyder (SUI). The Swiss number one was one of the brightest young prospects on the tour six years ago, but has at times struggled to regain the consistency that saw her achieve a career-high ranking of No.8 in 1999. Currently ranked No.13, Schnyder is playing some of the best tennis of her career.
Ana beat France's Tatiana Golovin 6-3 6-4 to battle into round two of the Rome Masters on Tuesday. Ana next plays Russian Anna Chakvetadze who beat Lubomira Kurhajcova (SVK) in the first round.
Ana's first opponent is the number 12 seed Tatiana Golovin from France, currently ranked 19 on the WTA list. They've already played each other last year in Zurich. Ana won that match with the result 2:1, 7-5, 6-7(2), 7-6(3).
If Ana does well in Rome, she will be seeded for Roland Gaross.
Ana lost her second round doubles match with Anastasia Myskina (RUS) to number 4 seeds Husarova/ Martinez (SVK/ESP) 6-4 6-0. This was the first time that Ana paired up with Myskina. Ana is expected to play in next week's Italian Open in Rome.
Ana was beaten 6-1 6-4 by Russian Dinara Safina at the German Open in Berlin. Ana was put under pressure from the start against Safina, who turned out the more consistent player on the day.
And Ana's defeat was not the only surprise as French ninth seed Nathalie Dechy lost 7-5 6-1 to Dally Randriantefy, of Madagascar, and Daniela Hantuchova , seeded 15, was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Argentine Gisela Dulko.
Ana has reached a career-high number 34 in the WTA tour ranking and is enjoying some of the best form of her career. She climbed 3 places after the semi-final in Warsaw last week.
Ana will face Dinara Safina (RUS) tomorrow in the first round of Qatar Total German Open 2005 in Berlin.
Safina suffered a humiliating 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Li Na in the Estoril Open clay-court tournament semifinals Saturday. Knowing that Safina is no mental giant, Li ground down the impatient Russian with a tenacious baseline display.
Henin-Hardenne paid tribute to Ana after booking her place in Sunday's final, 6-4, 7-5
"It was a good fight and maybe I should have won the match earlier but she kept fighting," said the Belgian.
"I was playing much better in the second set but couldn't finish the points."
Ana blamed poor footwork for her defeat.
"I didn't move that well today," she said. "I made a lot of mis-hits on both backhand and forehand.
"I should have got more into the court and put her under pressure. But it was a great experience and I think I had my chances in both sets."