Ana warms to Hawk-Eye

Ana warms to Hawk-Eye

After initial concerns about it being a distraction, Ana has fully embraced Hawk-Eye, the automatic line-calling system that was present at all US Open Series tournaments and will make its Grand Slam debut at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

“I find it very useful,” said Ana. “Even if you are wrong, it is a good feeling to know that the ball was definitely in or out.”

Ana’s first use of the technology came at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami in March when she played Amelie Mauresmo. She made two unsuccessful challenges against the Frenchwoman. Afterwards Ana said that the unfamiliarity of the device had been a slight distraction, but she has now gotten used to it.

Her first successful challenge came against Akiko Morigami in San Diego. She made a total of 12 challenges during singles matches in her three US Open Series events and was proved correct on five occasions – a success rate of 42 per cent, which compares favourably to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour average (before New Haven) of 35 per cent.

Ana said: “I like the system and the crowd seem to enjoy it as well. It’s a pity that we only have the opportunity to use it on the Centre Court.”