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08
May

Ana will not compete at the major WTA tournament in Rome, which will be played next week. The medical examination which she had a day after the start of the WTA tournament in Madrid, when she conceded the match to Kristina Mladenovic, the 17th world tennis player, showed that the pain she felt was caused by a rupture of the abdominal muscles.

“It felt a stabbing pain in the eighth game of the second set during my serve. I was afraid something could get worse and I had to concede the match. I had this same problem five years ago. I do not remember how it exactly happened and how the recovery was then, but unfortunately it is not the first time I have a rupture of the abdominal muscles. The rupture is not big, but ... I'm back in Zagreb now. We'll see what the doctors say and what kind of treatment they recommend. Basically, we had to cancel Rome. Now I want to recover and be ready for Paris and to play at Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, which begins on May 28th. Hopefully it will all be fine.” - said Ana, who, after playing at the quarter-finals of the Prague tournament, and logging her first wins led by her new coach Željko Krajan, has reached the TOP 30 for the first time. In the latest rankings, released this Monday, Ana holds 29th place.

07
May

At the start of the WTA tournament in Madrid, Ana handed the match to Kristina Mladenovic,

the 17th world tennis player. Ana won the first set with 7: 5. In the second set she served for tie at 4: 4. Then, in the eighth game of the second set, she felt a pain. She tried to continue but could not. After Mladenovic won the second set with 6: 3 and tied with 1: 1 in sets, Ana was forced to retire.

Previously Ana had had some problems with an abdominal muscle during the match against Jelena Ostapenko in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Prague. The doctor then recommended to rest for day or two. “We have scheduled a medical examination for tonight in Madrid. Only then will we know how bad the injury is, and know what and how to do next.” - said Mario Konjuh, father of the best Dubrovnik tennis player. After Madrid, Ana was meant to play in Rome, then at Roland Garros in Paris.

05
May

Unfortunately Ana was defeated in the quarter-finals match at the WTA tournament in Prague by Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, after play was suspended on Thursday due to poor light at 1: 1 in sets and 1: 1 in the third, decisive set. In the first game after resumption of play, the third game of the third set, Ana made a break, then won her serve and took the lead with 3: 1, but after that her winning streak was over. Ostapenko, who took 1: 0 in the third game, then won five games in a row and secured the semi-finals.

After her victory against Ana, Jelena Ostapenko will soon be playing again. For the finals she will play Czech Kristyna Pliškova, the 58th tennis player of the world. The first finalist of the tournament is already known. Mona Barthel from Germany, 82nd on the world rankings with 3: 6, 6: 2 and 6: 3 defeated the 18th tennis player of the world, Czech Barbora Strycova.

Ana gained a further 40 world points in Prague and jumped to 28th place on the world ranking list, which is her best ranking yet. Ana's next performance will be on the WTA tournament in Madrid. Then she goes to Rome and after that she travels to Paris where she will play at Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season.

04
May

Nightfall interrupted the last quarter-final match of the WTA tournament in Prague. At the time playing was suspended, Ana and Jelena Ostapenko were tied with 1: 1 in sets and 1: 1 in the third decisive set. The match will continue on Friday, May 5th. The winner of the match will play in the semi-final against Czech Kristyna Pliškova, 58th tennis player of the world.

The quarter-final match between Ana and Ostapenko opened with Ana taking three consecutive points. She had three break points and took advantage of the third and took the lead with 1: 0. Ana won back and reached 2: 1 after saving two break points in the third game. In the fourth game Ana had a chance to break, but failed. In the fifth game a new break from Ostapenko, followed by Ana's series of six consecutive games won with which she won the first set with 6: 3 and in the second led with 2: 0. The Latvian then reversed and took the lead in the second set with 3: 2. Ana was serving at 5: 5 in the tenth game, and led by 40:30, but Ostapenko managed to reverse, took over and tied at 1: 1 in sets. In the third set Ana saved break point in the second game, tied at 1: 1, after which the match was paused.

The second semi-final will be played between Czech Barbara Strycova, 18th world tennis player and Mona Barthel from Germany, who is 82nd in the WTA ranking.

03
May

After having beaten the Slovakian Jana Cepelova, the 85th world tennis player, with 6: 2 and 6: 2 yesterday, Ana went on to beat the Czech Markete Vondrousove today with 6: 4 and 7: 6 (2). Ana is seventh seed at the Prague Open and currently ranked 33rd on the WTA list.

“It was a good match. My game was aggressive and that brought me the result. I won the first set and in the second led with 5: 2. I had a bit of a pause with my game for a while since I was no longer as aggressive, but in the tie break everything was all right again. Our match was the last one today. I was at the courts all day because everything was postponed due to the rain.” Ana said after winning against the 115th ranked WTA player.

In the semi-finals on Thursday, May 4, Ana will be facing Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, currently 50th ranked, who with 2: 1 in the 2nd round defeated Danish Caroline Wozniacki, the 11th world tennis player and the second seed of Prague's tournament. The first seed and the third world player, Karolina Pliskova, was also defeated by 99th ranked Italian Camila Giorgi.

“I know Ostapenko from my junior days. I have had good results against her. I hope the rain will allow everything to run in time and we will not wait so much for the match again. Of course, I would like to continue my good performance.” - said Ana.

On Tour Ana has played against Ostapenko twice and won both times. Interestingly, one of those two victories actually happened at a previous tournament in Prague. It was on April 25, 2016, in the 1st round. Ostapenko won the first set with 7: 5 and then Ana won the second and the third with 6: 2 and 6: 1. A month and a half before the win in Prague Ana defeated Ostapanko in San Antonio, also in the 1st round of the tournament, when she was better with 7: 5 and 6: 4.