- On Court
- About Ana
- Club Ana
Ana produced a highly polished performance as she defeated two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Ana timed the ball beautifully and made full use of the court, outmaneuvering the former world No.1 throughout the 100-minute match.
Ana takes on Belarusian two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Thursday.
Ana is seeded third at the $1m event and received a bye in round one, while Azarenka defeated home favourite Kimiko Date-Krumm 3-6, 6-0, 6-2.
The pair have met eight times before, with Azarenka leading the head-to-head series 5-3. Their most recent clash was a three-set win for the Belarusian at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Ana has been handed an exceedingly difficult draw at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She is seeded third and receives a first round bye, but could face two-tome Grand Slam champion and former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka in round two.
Azarenka takes on 43-year-old home favourite Kimiko Date-Krumm, a wild card, in the first round.
If she reaches the quarter-finals, Ana could face her French Open conqueror, Lucie Safarova, against whom she has lost her last five matches, including in the first round here five years ago.
Despite her early exit at the U.S. Open, Ana has maintained her position in the top eight of the Road To Singapore, meaning that she currently occupies the final qualifying berth for the WTA Finals.
In the actual WTA Rankings, Ana slipped one place to 10th.
Current WTA Top 10:
1 Serena Williams (USA) 9,430pts
2 Simona Halep (Rou) 6,160pts
3 Petra Kvitova (Cze) 5,926pts
4 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 5,575pts
5 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 5,380pts
6 Na Li (Chn) 5,270pts
The winner of the August competition is Gavin Wu of the USA.
He correctly gave "twice" as the answer to the question, "How many times has Ana taken part in the WTA Finals (season-ending championships for the world's top 8)?.
Congratulations to him, he wins an adidas item signed by Ana.
The September competition will be launched shortly.
Ana has added the Kremlin Cup by Moscow Bank to her schedule.
The tournament takes place during October 13-19 and is the final opportunity for players to accrue ranking points ahead of the WTA Finals.
Ana currently occupies the eighth and final spot in the standings, but she could fall to 9th or 10th after the U.S. Open.
Ana is now entered into tournaments in Tokyo, Wuhan, Beijing, Linz and Moscow before the end of the season.