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Ana is into the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open. She thrashed American Shenay Perry 6-1, 6-3 in the last match of the day at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens to set up a meeting with Russian Anna Chakvetadze.
On a cold night in front of few spectators on the stadium court, Ana raced into a 3-0 lead, twice breaking the world No.94 thanks to a combination of clean, powerful hitting and unforced errors by Perry. She wrapped up the opening set inside half an hour, breaking Perry four times as she attacked the American’s second serve mercilessly.
Ana’s third round match at the Pacific Life Open, against American Shenay Perry, will take place on the main stadium court today as part of the night session. It will be the first time Ana has played on the main court during an evening session at a major event.
Ana defeated Perry, the world No.94, in their only previous meeting at the Australian Open earlier this year. In that match Ana triumphed 6-4, 6-4 despite not playing her best tennis. The American varied her game well, hitting a mixture looping forehands and sliced backhands
Ana eased to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Severine Bremond in the second round of the Pacific Life Open. The 18-year-old had too much firepower for the world No.119 and triumphed in 66 minutes.
Ana broke in the fourth and sixth games of the first set and in the first, fifth and seventh games of the second set. Though she was twice broken herself, an impressive first serve percentage of 71 helped Ana ease to victory.
A frustrating Saturday at the Pacific Life Open saw Ana's opening match, against Frenchwoman Severine Bremond, suspended overnight due to inclement weather in the desert.
Sunday's Order of Play sees the tie rescheduled as the second match on Court 3. It is due to follow the men's singles match between Filippo Volandri and Mardy Fish which, provided there are no further rain delays, will begin at 10am local time (7pm CET).
Severine Bremond took just 67 minutes to oust Zuzana Ondraskova and clinch a second round meeting with Ana. The match is due to take place tomorrow (Saturday).
The Frenchwoman, who was known as Beltrame before she married her coach, Eric Bremond, last September, triumphed 6-2, 6-2 over the Czech player. The win is her first victory on the Main Tour in 2006, having lost in the first round of the Australian Open and Paris and in qualifying in Antwerp.
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The draw for the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells has been made. Ana, who is seeded No.8 thanks to the late withdrawals of Mary Pierce and Nicole Vaidisova, will play either Czech Zuzana Ondraskova or Frenchwoman Severine Bremond in her opening match.
The 96-player draw means that all of the 32 seeded players receive a bye into the second round. Should Ana win her round two match she is seeded to meet American No.29 seed Amy Frazier.
Ana has moved down two places to No.19 in the latest Official Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings. Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Flavia Pennetta, who were finalists in last week’s Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco, have overtaken her.
In the Porsche Race, the rankings that are used to determine the eight qualifiers for the season-ending WTA Championships, Ana, who has been inactive for the past two weeks, moves down two places to No.30. Her doubles ranking slips one position to No.95.
“I’m really sorry that we finished the Australian Open with a loss because I thought we could go on to the end,” says Novak Djokovic. “I think we had the quality to win the tournament.”
That Novak, who alongside Ana was making his debut in a Grand Slam mixed doubles event in Melbourne in January, harboured ambitions to win the tournament illustrates the supreme desire, competitiveness and self-belief that this 18-year-old Serbian possesses. He is equally positive about Ana’s singles credentials. “She has the potential to be one of the greatest players in women’s tennis,” he says.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has nominated Ana as one of the Most Improved Players of 2005. Ana is shortlisted alongside Anna Chakvetadze, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Maria Kirilenko and Nicole Vaidisova for the award, the winner of which will be announced during the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami next month.
Fans are invited to vote in this category and several others in the annual awards. To make your selections go to: