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Ana has been placed in the bottom half of the BNP Paribas Open draw - the opposite half to the returning top seed Serena Williams. Williams is expected to dominate headlines as she ends a 14-year hiatus in the desert this week.
Fifth seed Ana, like all of the top 32-ranked players, will receive a bye in round one. In round two she will take on either Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic or a qualifier.
Ana was defeated 6-1, 6-4 by Caroline Garcia of France in the semi-finals of the Abierto Monterrey Afirme. The world No.29 triumphed over the defending champion in just 54 minutes.
Ana had won her last eight matches at the Mexican event but ran into an inspired Garcia, while she herself suffered a real off-day.
Ana now heads to Indian Wells for the BNP Paribas Open, the year's first Premier Mandatory event.
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Ana booked her spot in the semi-finals of the Abierto Monterrey Afirme in Mexico with a straightforward 6-3, 6-2 victory over world No.64 Kristina Mladenovic. On a very chilly evening in Monterrey, the 27-year-old didn’t spend more time on court than necessary and finished the task in just over an hour.
Ana defeated world No.103 Pauline Parmentier from France 6-3, 6-2 in round two of the Abierto Monterrey Afirme in Mexico. The 27-year-old triumphed in just 66 minutes and keeps alive her hopes of defending her title.
Ana reached the second round of the Abierto Monterrey Afirme in Mexico by beating Nicole Vaidisova from the Czech Republic 6-1, 7-6(4). It was Vaidisova’s first WTA main draw appearance in five years, with the 25-year-old returning to professional tennis last September after retiring at the age of 20 in 2010.
Ana is seeded No.1 at the Abierto Monterrey Afirme in Mexico. She has been drawn to play a qualifier in round one.
In round two Ana would face either compatriot Aleksandra Krunic or France's Pauline Parmentier. Sixth seed Alison Riske of the U.S.A. is a possible quarter-final opponent.
Third seed Caroline Garcia could await in the semi-finals. Would-be second seed Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from the tournament.
Ana has touched down in Mexico for the defence of her Abierto Monterrey Afirme title. The 27-year-old captured the crown last season by beating compatriot Jovana Jaksic 6-2, 6-1 in the first ever all-Serbian WTA final.
Ana felled third seed Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals. This time around she is the top seed - last year she was seeded second - and will face competition from the likes of world No.7 Eugenie Bouchard, 12th-ranked Sara Errani and rising Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.
Ana's ranking is unchanged at No.6 in the latest WTA Singles Rankings, which are published today.
In the Road To Singapore, which determines the eight qualifiers for the season-ending championships in Singapore, Ana is 18th.
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