Ana faces Niculescu challenge

Ana faces Niculescu challenge

Ana has been drawn to face Romanian world No.44 Monica Niculescu in the first round of the Generali Ladies Linz, which begins in Austria on Monday.

If she reaches the second round Ana could take on world No.61 Andrea Petkovic, who was ranked among the top 10 a year ago before injury struck. Belgian sixth seed Yanina Wickmayer is a possible quarter-final opponent.

Fourth seed Lucie Safarova or No.5 Julia Goerges are potential adversaries in the semi-finals.

The seeded players in the top half of the draw, whom Ana cannot face until the final, are No.1 Victoria Azarenka, No.3 Dominika Cibulkova, No.7 Tamira Paszek and No.8 Sabine Lisicki.

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