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Antonio: Hi Ana! How old were you when you left your country to play an international tournament?
Ana: I was 14 when I first played a tournament overseas. It was in South America.
Evan: Hey Ana. Considering the style of tennis you play, are there any adjustments that you attempt to implement in your game so it’s more effective on clay? I was wondering as many players struggle on clay because their game doesn’t work on the surface.
The third and final part of our 2006 photograph highlights package sees half a dozen images that were shot during the second half of the year.
Pictures by Getty Images, Stephanie Morel and an unknown photographer.
1st image: Ana celebrates during her 6-2, 6-1 win over Akiko Morigami at the Acura Classic in San Diego
2nd image: Ana looks pensive during her US Open first round doubles match alongside Maria Kirilenko
3rd image: Ana during a changeover in her first round doubles match with Maria Kirilenko at the US Open
The second installment of some of the best pictures of Ana taken during 2006. The following six images are all from the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Ana's first Tier I title triumph
1st image: Ana began her campaign with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory over Tatiana Golovin
- 2nd, 3rd and 4th images: Ana was elated after defeating Katarina Srebotnik to reach her first semi-final of the year
- 5th image: Ana's biggest accomplishment to date starts to sink in
- 6th image: Ana poses with her trophy
Over the next few days we will publish some of the best on-court photographs of Ana that were taken in 2006. We begin with six images from the first half of the year.
1st image: Ana celebrates victory over Amelie Mauresmo in Sydney's Medibank International
2nd image: Ana berates herself during her Australian Open second round defeat to Samantha Stosur
3rd image: Ana in action at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo
4th image: Ana and doubles partner Maria Kirilenko in Tokyo
Ana had lost eight out of eight sets against Patty Schnyder before their meeting in Warsaw this year. The teenager was without a coach, having recently parted company with Zoltan Kukharsky. Despite being on her own, Ana played one of her best matches of 2006, totally reversing the trend against the Swiss by overwhelming her 6-3, 6-2.
Today we are launching a new prize draw to win a Wilson racket bag and signed photo of Ana.
Ana will personally autograph a photograph, addressed to the winner, to accompany a Wilson six-racket thermo.
Ana said: "This bag is good because it is big enough to hold everything I need. I like that it has two straps, like a rucksack, so you can carry it on your back if you wish."
To enter, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to the following question:
One of Ana's most thrilling matches of 2006 was in Indian Wells. Having won through to the quarter-finals with three successive straight sets victories, Ana faced fourth seeded Russian Elena Dementieva.
Ana stormed through a one-sided first set, winning it 6-2. She broke immediately at the beginning of the second set and was in command of the match before the experienced Russian turned things round.
Ana appeared on Pink TV, a fun, slightly off-beat talk show on Serbian television last weekend. It was the highest rated show on Sunday.
Click here to watch (or right-click and "save target" to download). Please note: the file is around 160mb, so please be patient while it loads. You need the Divx codec to play the file. It can be http://download.divx.com/divx/DivXInstaller.exe " > downloaded here.
The following is a transcript of the 24-minute programme: