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12
June

The best ranked Croatian tennis player is still Mirjana Lučić Baroni, who is ranked 26th in the world. Thanks to her recent success at French Open (she played eighth-finals), Petra Martić has progressed 161 places and is now ranked 129th. Ana Konjuh, on the eve of the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, was 30th and is now in 33rd place, while Donna Vekić moved up five places and is now in 70th position.

The first position was retained by German Angelique Kerber, although she lost in the first round at Roland Garros. Romanian Simone Halep had the opportunity to take first place, but failed to defeat the 20 year old Latvian, Jelena Ostapenko, who, thanks to her great win in the finals, came from 47th to the 12th position of the latest WTA rankings.

“Jelena surprised everyone. I watched a few of her matches. You can not accidentally win the Grand Slam. She played really well and did a great job. She shocked the entire tennis world.” Ana said, who won two of the three matches against Ostapenko on the Tour.

With the loss in the second round of French Open Ana has concluded the clay season. She's now in the Netherlands on the grass as the fifth seed of the tournament in S-Hertogenbosch. Tamara Korptsch from Germany, two and a half years older than Ana, is an obstacle on the road to the eighth-finals. Ana is 92 places better placed on the WTA rank list then Korptsch, who entered the Main Event after two qualifying victories. At the French Open she was stopped in the 2nd qualifying round, by Petra Martić.

“I saw her at the tournament in Stuttgart. She is not an attacker. Coach Krajan collects additional information about her. This will be our first time to play against each other. Our match is fourth in a row, therefore, we will be on the court on Tuesday, June 13, in the afternoon." Ana said.

 

The Netherlands's first seed of the tournament is the sixth world tennis player, Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova.

01
June

Ana was defeated in the second round of French Open with Magda Linette winning 6:0 and 7:5. After her recent spell of ill health, Ana was feeling great until Wednesday night, when she felt the back pain again. This morning it was better, but not 100%. Is this the main reason for Ana's defeat in the second round of Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season? Given the body language during the match, Ana was obviously not feeling too good.

Magda Linette won the first set with 6:0 after only 17 minutes. Before the second set, Ana went to the locker room. She returned to the field and took 2:0. Magda however, quickly returned and took the lead with 3:2 and 4:3. In the ninth game, Ana once again broke her opponent's service and served for the tie in sets but she failed. 

Then, the five-years-older Polish player, broke serve and won the next game without losing a point and secured a tie break just in case. However, she made a break again in the twelfth game and finally won the match without tie break being even played.  At some moments of the second set it looked as though Ana felt better but in the end she did not play well enough to win.

 

With this win, Linette has achieved her greatest success at Grand Slam tournaments. Currently the 97th world tennis player will play for the first time in the third round against Elina Svitoline, the 5th seed of the tournament. Will she play in the second round of the doubles tournament with Ana tomorrow and try to achieve another win, but it will depend on Ana. Will Ana be able to?

01
June

Ana plays on Thursday, June 1 against Magda Linette in the third round of the French Open, her greatest success to date in Paris. Twice she has played in the second round but did not progress further. Romanian Irina Begu stopped Ana in 2015, and last year Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova defeated her. Three years ago, Ana won in the first qualifying round, but did not manage to win twice in a row on that occasion either.

Ana is the 30th ranked tennis player in the world today, and for the first time a seed at the Roland Garros. It was clear in the first two rounds that there would be no one from TOP 30 on the other side of the net. In the first round, Danka Kovinic who is 107th ranked was her opponent. Ana won with 7:5 and 7:6 and got through to the second round and a match against five years older Linette from Poland, who she knows well. The two of them are good friends and have often trained together. They play doubles together in this year's French Open. They played on the Tour once before. It was last year in San Antonio. Ana was convincing with 6:0 and 7:6.

Magda, trained by Izo Žunić from Split, managed to qualify to the second round of the Grand Slam tournament for the second time in her career. The first time this happened was in 2015 at the US Open. Meanwhile this is Ana's seventh success in the first round of Grand Slams. Her greatest Grand Slam success was last year at the US Open - Quarterfinal! Before that she managed to get through to the 3rd round of Wimbledon, after successfully played qualifications in 2014. Ana has thirteen wins in Grand Slam tournaments (two in Melbourne, three in Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and five at US Open).

 

The match between Ana and Linette is the first match scheduled on Thursday, June 1, starting at 11 on field # 17.

31
May

Ana and Polish player Magda Linette entered the 2nd round of the double tournament at the Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season. After almost three hours of play, they defeated the twins Lyudmyle and Nadiie Kichenok with 6: 7 (7), 6: 2 and 7: 6 (4).

 

In the 2nd round of the women double tournament, Ana and Magda will play the winner of the match between sixth seeded players, the Czechs Lucie Hradecka & Katarina Siniakova and the Americans Lauren Davis & Nichole Melichar. Ana and Linette are rivals in the 2nd round of the singles. At the start of the main tournament, Ana beat Danka Kovinic, and Linette defeated French Alize Lim. Five-years-older Linette is 97th in the world, while Ana holds 30th place and is 29th seed at the French Open.

29
May

 Ana is in the second round of Roland Garros. After almost two hours of play on a clay court in Paris Ana defeated Montenegrin Danka Kovinić with 2:0 in sets - 7:5 and 7:6 (4).

The start was not encouraging. Three years older Kovinic broke Ana’s serve in the sixth game, then won the next game and took the lead with 5: 2. In the eighth game, Kovinic had a set point that she failed to win. Ana won the game with three points and then won the next three too. She even managed to win 15 points in a row! In the second set, in the third game, for the third time in the match, Ana broke Kovinic's serve. Then she lost the tenth game. Kovinic used the second break point. Ana was serving in game twelve for a tie. She did it, and then a tie break was played where she won 7:4.

This was Ana's fourth match against Kovinic, currently the 107th world tennis player, and the second win after two previous defeats. All three previous matches were played in 2014. Also, this was Ana's second match against Kovinic in Roland Garros. Kovinic won the first. Then there were rivals in the 2nd qualifying round.

Ana, 29th seed of Roland Garros, will play in the 2nd round against the winner of the match between 27-year-old Frenchwoman Alize Lim and 25-year-old Magda Linette from Poland.