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Ana moved into the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open after world No.69 Alexandra Dulgheru retired while trailing 4-0 in the third set. Nonetheless, the 27-year-old was close to a second straight early exit as the Romanian served for the match at 6-5 in the second set, but seventh seeded Ana eventually managed to turn the tide.
Ana wasn’t able to display her best level in the opening set. Both players faced break points in their opening service games – Ana had three chances to score a break – but neither of them succeeded to convert.
Ana has been drawn against Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open. The pair will face one another on Saturday sometime after 3.30pm local time (9.30am Eastern Time).
Ana beat the 69th-ranked Romanian 6-2, 6-1 in their only previous meeting, at the U.S. Open two years ago.
Ana has fallen one spot to No.7 in the latest WTA Singles Rankings, which are published today.
As a result of her first round loss in Stuttgart, Ana has been overtaken by Eugenie Bouchard.
In the Road To Singapore, which determines the eight qualifiers for the year-end WTA Finals, Ana is tied for 24th. This list is based on results in 2015 alone.
Ana lost to world No.29 Caroline Garcia 7-6(6), 6-4 in the firsr round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. It was Ana's third defeat to the Frenchwoman in the past two months, following losses in Monterrey and Indian Wells.
It was Ana who drew first break, breaking to lead 2-1. Garcia hit back and served for the opening set at 5-3. In the sea-saw first set, Ana later had a set point at 6-5 up in the tiebreak, but Garcia won three straight points to clinch the set.
The second set was a little more on-sided, as Garcia scored an early break and led throughout.
Serbia clinched a routine 4-1 win over Paraguay in the Fed Cup World Group II Play-Offs. The victory means that they will compete in the World Group II in 2016.
Leading 2-0 overnight, Serbian captain Tatjana Jecmenica chose to blood her nation's younger players on Sunday. 17-year-old Ivana Jorovic made her Fed Cup debut, losing in three sets to 166-ranked Veronica Cepede Royg, before Aleksandra Krunic sealed victory with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Montserrat Gonzalez.
The two youngsters then teamed up to win the doubles rubber 6-1, 6-4.
Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic
Ana has been drawn to play France's Caroline Garcia in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, which takes place in Stuttgart next week. It will be the third meeting between the pair this year - Garcia won the first two, both in three sets.
Ana won their other previous meeting 6-1, 6-3 at the French Open last year.
If Ana, who is seeded fifth, progresses to round two, she is likely to have a somewhat easier match in the shape of either Mona Barthel or wild card Carina Witthoeft.
Ana beat Montserrat Gonzalez 6-2, 6-0 as Serbia eased into a 2-0 lead over Paraguay in the Fed Cup World Group II Play-Offs.
Earlier Aleksandra Krunic defeated Paraguay's No.1-ranked player, world No.166 Veronica Cepede Royg 6-3, 6-1.
Ana takes on Cepede Royg in the third rubber on Sunday knowing that a victory would ensure Serbia's ascent to the World Group II for 2016.
Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic
Images of Ana preparing for the Serbia-Paraguay Fed Cup World Group II Play-Off tie are now in the Galleries section.
Photos by kind courtesy of Srdjan Stevanovic.