If you've been following the "Croatian women on ITF entry lists" you'll know it's time to start a cheering threed for Ani.
Ani is from Makarska and turned 22 in June. In 2005, she won $10K Dubrovnik-3 and was runner up at $10K Dubrovnik-2 in singles; she also won two $10K's in doubles. In 2006, she won $10K Makarska and $10K Zadar and was runner up at $10K Mostar in singles; she also won three $10K's in doubles.
She reached a career-high ranking of 415 in July 2006. Soon after that she stopped playing pro tournaments to attend Clemson University, in South Carolina. She just finished her junior year and has already spent six weeks as the #1 collegiate player in the U.S. This summer she is playing pro tournaments again and has compiled an 11-2 record in singles and 5-2 in doubles (including winning the $10K in Palic). After the summer she'll return to Clemson for her last year, then plans to return to Croatia and play tennis professionally.
Very impressive from Ani. She's obviously too good for $10k's (just like it was obvious with Pandzic after just three tournaments). It'll be interesting to see how she does in the $25k's. Who knows, we might have a new Croatian star in the making!
Ani will re-enter the rankings at ~755. That's even higher than when Pandzic re-entered the rankings two years ago (~800, I think). It'll be good enough to get direct entry to the MD of most $10K's and qualies of many (most?) $25k's.