The latest news about Ana!

Wilander hails Ana Jun 16th 2006

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander has given a ringing endorsement of Ana’s credentials. Speaking exclusively to this website, the Swede said: “I think she’s great. It’s a matter of her breaking through.”

Wilander, who now commentates for Eurosport and ESPN, continued: “I commentated on her match against [Amelie] Mauresmo at the French Open last year. I think for her the challenge is not mental or stroke-wise, it’s a matter of whether she can move as well as the other girls.

Ask Ana #16 Jun 15th 2006

jonathan crawford: how long are you planning to stay pro just wondering what you have to say Thanks
Ana: Hey Jonathan. It’s so hard to predict. Definitely tennis is my life now and I think I will play as long as I’m fit. Regards, Ana.

Goran: Does it ever bother you when you travel overseas and the weather is completely different at your destination, and does the time difference from country to country effect your sleep?

Ask Ana #15 Jun 13th 2006

Leni: hey ana! i just have a short question - do you apply some make-up when you´re on the court? anyway, you look beautiful! love, leni
Ana: Hey Leni. No, I do not wear make-up on the court. I prefer the natural look. Thanks for the compliment. Regards, Ana.

Jean: Hello Ana! My question is: Do you have any bad habits? Thank you for taking the time to read my question! P.S. I love you... in a non-creepy way :D
Ana: Hey Jean. I am not sure. Maybe I can be a little bit mean to my family sometimes! I can be quite stubborn! Regards, Ana.

Ana falls to No.23 Jun 12th 2006

Ana has dropped two places to No.23 in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, which are published today. The lists reflect players’ performances at Roland Garros, where Ana reached the third round compared to last year’s quarter-final appearance.

Ana’s defeat to tenth seed Anastasia Myskina saw her lose a total of 112 points. Consequently Maria Kirilenko, Nathalie Dechy and Ai Sugiyama have overtaken her, while Elena Likhovtseva falls behind all four players.

Favourites #3 Jun 10th 2006

In the last of a three-part series, Ana reveals some of her favourites

My favourite...

...Colour - Pink and blue
...Ice cream flavour - Cookies and Cream
...Shot - Forehand
...Day of the week - Friday. The weekend is so close so you are motivated to work one good day and then you can rest. But of course in tennis the best day is Sunday, when the final is played.
...Dessert - Chocolate fondant. I ate this in Paris. It is delicious!
...Drink - Water. Also fresh orange juice.

Favourites #2 Jun 9th 2006

In the second of a three-part series, Ana reveals some of her favourites

My favourite...

...City to visit - Rome. There is so much history there. I like very much to read historical books and I will read more about Rome. Also Paris is a very beautiful city.
...Grand Slam - Australian Open and also French Open
...Animal - I'm not really a fan of animals but I like the golden retriever dog
...TV show - Friends
...Pizza topping - Prosciutto ham
...Author - Dan Brown. I loved The Da Vinci Code and I also really liked Angels & Demons

Favourites #1 Jun 8th 2006

In the first of a three-part series, Ana reveals some of her favourites.

My favourite...

...Tournament - Zurich
...Food - Sushi
...Designer - Armani
...Season - Summer
...Film - The Da Vinci Code
...Cuisine - Asian and Italian
...Song - We Belong Together by Mariah Carey. Lately I also like Stupid Girls by Pink. I like the video so much!
...Surface - Hard courts
...Book - The Da Vinci Code

photo: © Stephanie Morel

Clay season review Jun 5th 2006

Ana made several positive strides during the clay court season, but the injury she sustained in Berlin meant that it was a largely frustrating seven weeks.

Summarising the period, Ana said: “Warsaw was okay. In Berlin I played really good for that set. I was a little bit unlucky with the injury because I was starting to feel really good on clay. I can move around and run very well.”

Myskina: “I was on top form” Jun 4th 2006

Ana’s French Open conqueror, Anastasia Myskina, likened her performance against Ana in the third round yesterday to the form that saw her win Roland Garros in 2004.

“It was pretty good match, the best one so far in the clay season for me,” said the Russian, who was hugged by former Russian president Boris Yeltsin after the match. “I’m really, really happy with my game.”

Myskina masters Ana Jun 3rd 2006

Tenth seed Anastasia Myskina produced a brilliant performance to end Ana’s French Open dream. The 2004 Roland Garros champion triumphed 6-2, 6-3 in a hugely impressive display of reactionary tennis.

“She played a very good match,” said Ana. “She didn’t give me much chance. She was hitting the ball all over the court. I tried to put her under pressure and get into the court and change the rhythm, but everything I tried to do, she had the answer. She was just playing better today.”