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Ana has been drawn against a qualifier in the first round of the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on Monday.
If she reaches round two, Ana will take on either Slovenia's Polona Hercog or Qiang Wang of China. 32nd seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland could await in round three.
10th seed Ekaterina Makarova is Ana's most likely opponent in round four, while third seed Simona Halep is a potential adversary in the quarter-finals.
Second seed Maria Sharapova is a possible semi-final opponent.
Despite a marvellous performance, Ana just fell short of capturing the Brisbane International title as she lost 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-3 to world No.2 Maria Sharapova. After two hours and 38 minutes of top-quality tennis, the Russian eventually clinched a match that could have gone either way until the very end.
Ana moved into the final of the Brisbane International following a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory against world No.34 Varvara Lepchenko. The 27-year-old was in firm control after winning the first set on a tiebreak, but she eventually needed seven match points spread over four games to seal the match after one hour and 53 minutes.
Ana reached the semi-finals of the Brisbane International with a hard-fought 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over world No.52 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.
Ana's victory in an hour and 57 minutes sets up a last four meeting on Friday with American Varvara Lepchenko. A victory would see Ana move back up to No.5, after she dropped two places to 7th in the rankings following the removal of last year's Auckland points from the ranking points tallies.
Ana won her only previous meeting with Lepchenko in three sets at the China Open in Beijing in 2012.
Ana got her 2015 season off to a successful start thanks to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Australian world No.70 Jarmila Gajdasova.
Playing in the Brisbane International for the first time since 2011, Ana triumphed in 84 minutes to set up a quarter-final with Estonia's Kaia Kanepi on Thursday.
Remarkably, given that the pair have both been playing WTA tennis for over a decade, it will be the first meeting between them.
Ana and Angelique Kerber reached the second round of the Brisbane International doubles competition with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Andreja Klepac.
They will play Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik in round two. Ana is expected to play her second round singles match (she received a first round bye) on Wednesday
Ana is seeded second at the Brisbane International, the first tournament of the year that begins in Australia tomorrow. She receives a bye in round one.
In round two Ana has been drawn to face either Jarmila Gaidosova or Shuai Zhang. Should she win that match, she is seeded to meet either Andrea Petkovic, Kaia Kanepi or one of the qualifiers in the quarter-finals.
Victoria Azarenka and Samantha Stosur are possible opponents in the semi-finals of the $1million event.
Thanks largely to a donation from Ana, UNICEF Serbia has delivered gift sets to 450 kindergarten children in Obrenovac, an area hit by the flooding earlier this year. Included in the gift sets are educational materials and toys.