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Ana slipped to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 defeat to world No.18 Karolina Pliskova in the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Pliskova, one of the best servers in women's tennis, hammered down 14 aces to advance to the quarter-finals.
After a poor opening set Ana hit back to level the match.
The deciding set was tense, with the Czech scoring the first break of serve in the seventh game and holding on to win in an hour and 56 minutes.
Ana's next event will be the Monterrey Open, which begins in Mexico in two weeks.
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Playing her first match in a month, Ana raced into the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a 6-0, 6-3 win over world No.28 Sabine Lisicki.
Ana takes on world No.28 Sabine Lisicki in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
It will be the fifth meeting between the pair, with Ana leading the head-to-head series 3-1. All four matches took place last season, with Ana winning the last two encounters - both on hard courts - in straight sets. She lost to the German at Wimbledon in June.
Ana is seeded fourth here and received a first round bye, while Lisicki advanced to round two with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 61st-ranked Monica Niculescu.
Ana is seeded fourth at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which begin on Sunday. She receives a bye in round one.
In the second round Ana will take on either Sabine Lisicki or Monica Niculescu. 17th seed Karolina Pliskova is a possible third round adversary.
In the quarter-finals Ana is seeded to meet eighth seed Venus Williams, while in the last four she may face second seed Petra Kvitova.
Ana appears in a UNICEF Serbia campaign against online bullying that was launched this week.
The UNICEF National Ambassador can be seen in a video message urging youngsters to exercise caution online.
The campaign is subtitled #Prvo razmisli (#ThinkFirst).
Click here to visit Ana's Facebook page and view the video.
Ana has been practising this week as she prepares for her next tournament, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which begin one week from today. It will be her first outing since losing in the first round of the Australian Open, prior to which she suffered a broken toe.
"I can't wait to get back on the court," said Ana.
The winner of the January competition is Kostas Vlachogiannis from Greece. He correctly gave "2006" as the answer to the question, "In which year did Ana partner with adidas?"
Congratulations to him, he wins an adidas item signed by Ana.
The February competition is currently open.
Photo: Christopher Levy
Ana has slipped one place to No.6 in the latest WTA rankings, which are published today.
In the Road To Singapore, the standings that determine the qualifiers for the WTA Championships, Ana is 15th.
Current WTA Top 10:
1 Serena Williams (USA) 9,776pts
2 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 8,210pts
3 Simona Halep (Rou) 6,571pts
4 Petra Kvitova (Cze) 6,480pts
5 Caroline Wozniacki (Den) 4,565pts
6 Ana Ivanovic (Srb) 4,425pts
7 Eugenie Bouchard (Can) 4,365pts
Ana has begun working in the gym as she attempts to recover from a broken toe, which she sustained prior to the Australian Open.
If her rehabilitation goes according to plan, she should be back on the practice court within the next week, with the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships set to start in 14 days.