Injured Ana exits US Open

Injured Ana exits US Open

Ana’s US Open campaign ended in the most frustrating circumstances when a shoulder injury contributed to her 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 defeat to Venezuelan Maria Vento-Kabchi in round two.

“It was so tough for me to serve,” said Ana. “Every time I had a high forehand I was thinking about the shoulder.”

Ana began the match well. While there were signs that she was holding back on her serve so as not to risk aggravating her shoulder problem, she hit several winners early on and bossed the opening exchanges. She raced into a 3-0 lead and, though she lost her advantage, continued her solid play and took the opener set 6-3. “I tried to get into the court to make her move and not give her a chance,” said Ana.

At the beginning of the second set the signs were positive that Ana would continue to dominate but she spurned two break points in the third game. As is so often the case in professional tennis, Ana was broken immediately after she failed to take those chances.

Ana said: “In the second and third set she started to play much better. She put me under pressure. She was hitting the ball deep and didn’t give me much chance. Probably I had to step into the court more and come into the net and volley more.”

At 4-1 down she was able stabilise her game and drew level but a lapse in concentration when serving to stay in the set cost her. She saved one set point when serving at 5-6 but netted a simple forehand volley to take the match into a deciding set.

At 1-2 on serve in the third set Ana called for the trainer and it was downhill thereafter. Her movement restricted, Ana was unable to compete with Vento-Kabchi and the result became inevitable. “The third set was too difficult,” said Ana.

“I didn’t use my chances I had in the second set. I could have won that set so I’m a little bit upset.”

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By Gavin Versi