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Ana will contest the Generali Ladies Linz final for a third time on Sunday after the 25-year-old beat world No.58 Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 6-4 in the semis. It was another impressive display by the third seed, who makes her way into the final without dropping a set in four matches.
Ana advanced to the semi-finals of the Generali Ladies Linz with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over world No.23 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.
Ana was dominant in the opening set, playing aggressively and serving strongly. She saved all three break points she faced and won almost half of the points on the Cibulkova serve.
The Slovakian had beaten Ana in two of their three previous meetings, albeit once when the 25-year-old retired injured. Cibulkova showed greater threat in the second set and she moved into a 3-0 lead.
Ana reached the quarter-finals at the Generali Ladies Linz for the sixth time in her career as she saw off the challenge of world No.46 Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 7-5.
It was a polished display from the 25-year-old against her Italian fellow former French Open champion. Ana played with great variety and demonsted some excellent tennis during the one hour and 32 minute match.
Ana advanced to the second round of the Generali Ladies Linz thanks to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.
Despite her ranking of 68, Wickmayer was expected to test Ana. She beat Ana in their only meeting prior to today's clash, triumphing two years ago in Rome.
Serving strongly, Ana seized control of the match early on. She broke the Belgian three times in the opening set.
Ana is 16th in the latest WTA singles rankings, which are published today.
In the WTA Championships Race to Istanbul Singles Rankings, which are based on points earned during 2013 only, Ana is 19th.
Current WTA top 20:
1 Serena Williams (USA) 13,260pts
2 Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 8,485pts
3 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 6,941pts
4 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 6,195pts
5 Na Li (Chn) 5,365pts
Austrian wild card Lisa-Maria Moser has withdrawn from the Generali Ladies Linz and is replaced by world No.9 Angelique Kerber.
This has caused a total shake-up of the draw, and Ana now meets Belgian world No.68 Yanina Wickmayer in the first round.
Ana is now seeded third and resides in the top half of the draw. She could meet second seed Sloane Stephens in the semi-finals.
Top seed Kerber has been placed in the bottom half of the draw.
Ana is seeded second at the Generali Ladies Linz and faces world No.44 Monica Niculescu in the first round. The tournament gets underway on Monday.
It will be the third meeting between the two players and Ana leads the head-to-head series 2-0. The 25-year-old will be hoping for another successful campaign in Austria: she has won the event twice, in 2008 and 2010.
If she reaches round two, Ana will take on either Romanian world No.74 Alexandra Cadantu or Austrian wild card Melanie Klaffner.
Ana fell to a surprise 6-4, 6-4 loss to Slovenian world No.76 Polona Hercog in the second round of the China Open.
The key to the match was Hercog's excellent serve. She won 79% of points on serve and didn't face any break points during the 77-minute match.
A single break in each set ended Ana's hopes in Beijing.
She will now head to Austria for the Generali Ladies Linz, an event she has won twice before.
Ana has chosen to begin her 2014 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland. The tournament, which commences on 30 December, will mark the 25-year-old's first ever visit to New Zealand.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to play the event. I've heard many good things about it.," said Ana.
Click here to watch an interview Ana gave to tournament director Karl Budge (new browser window opens).