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Ana Konjuh returns to the field. After five months she is playing again, and her first performance will be at the second Grand Slam tournament of the season - the French Open. Ana's opponent in the first round is Carla Suarez Navarro. As of now, Ana could be on the field on the very first day of the tournament, Sunday, May 27th.

Suarez Navarro, a 30-year-old Spaniard, is the 23rd seed. Predictably after only two matches played in the last ten months, Ana has moved down the list, and is ranked 104th now. Last summer, before her recent arm health issues, she was the 20th player on the WTA list, which was her best ranking yet. In her career, Suarez has won two WTA titles, and Ana one. The Spanish player had the best ranking at the beginning of 2016 when she was sixth in the world. She played twice in the quarter-finals of the French Open 2008 and 2014. Quarter-finals were her best achievements at both the Australian Open (2009, 2016 and 2018) and the US Open (2013), while at Wimbledon she achieved the best results in 2013 and 2016 when she played in the 4th round. Ana's best results at the Grand Slam tournaments were quarter-finals at the US Open in 2016 and the 4th round of Wimbledon last year. In the last three years, she played second rounds at the French Open.

Konjuh and Suarez Navarro were once rivals, in the 2nd round of the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 when the Spaniard won 7: 6 (5) and 6: 3.

The winner of the first round will play the winner of the match between Luxembourg player Mandy Minella, ranked 307th and 39th world tennis player, Greek Maria Sakkari. In Ana's part of the draw is the 21-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina, the 14th seed, who may be her opponent in the 3rd round, and 27-year-old Dane Caroline Wozniacki, the second seed, who may be the 4th opponent.

Up to now, Ana has had three surgical operations. The first in the beginning of 2014, the second in September last year and the third in March this year. She rested for four months after the second operation, and returned to Brisbane on December 31st, 2017. The start was great, and she won the first match, but she started feeling the arm pain again in the next match. After that, a further break, and a new operation on her arm.

"Let's go again, from the beginning. This is another one of my returns to the field, hopefully the last one this kind" Ana said optimistically. 


Ana's operation in Zagreb on Thursday afternoon was successful. She underwent similar surgery as she did in 2014, when doctors operated on her right elbow joint but not in the same area. As on the first occasion, the tip of the elbow bone which bothered her was scraped.

The problem was discovered after a medical examination in Toronto and the Canadian doctors' diagnosis was confirmed by Ana's doctors in Zagreb. After an hour and a half of surgery, Ana feels good. She hopes to get back on the court in a month and a half and to prepare for the new season, which begins in January, in Australia.


After six months of successful co-operation and good tennis results, as well as career rankings (20th in the WTA rankings), Ana and her coach Željko Krajan have ended their cooperation. 

Ana thanked Zeljko for his cooperation and wished him all the best in his future career.

Ana has faced problems with her right elbow during the last few tournaments. After a medical examination and consultation with the doctors, Ana and her team have decided to undergo surgery, which will take place in one of our hospitals in Croatia in approximately 10 days.

Ana's recovery should last for about 8 to 10 weeks. She is expected to be back on court and ready for the new season, which begins with the Australian tour.


Ana concluded her appearance at this year's US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the season. Four days after her defeat in the singles against 21-year-old Australian Ashleigh Barty, she competed in the doubles with Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, but lost to Kristina Mladenovic (France) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia).

As in the singles (with 6: 4), in the doubles too (with 7: 5) Ana won the first set and then lost the next two. Mladenovic and Pavlyuchenkova won the second with 6: 3, and in the third, decisive, set with 6: 0. It was obvious that Ana had problems with her right arm again.

Ana had already played with Haddad Maia, at Wimbledon, where with two wins they entered the top 16.


Ana Konjuh has lost at the start of the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the season. 21 years-old Ashieigh Barty, 43rd world tennis player, defeated the 21st seeded Dubrovnik player in the first round of the main event.

Ana took 4: 0 in the first set and won it with 6: 4. Then she faltered. It was clear that she had problems with her right arm again, which Barty knew how to take advantage of. The Australian won the next two sets, losing just one game. Finally: Konjuh - Barty 6: 4, 0: 6, 1: 6.