Injured Ana forced to retire

Injured Ana forced to retire

Ana's highly successful Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati came to a painful end on Saturday as she was forced to retire in the early stages of her match against Belgian Kim Clijsters.

Trailing 2-1 and with the US Open champion serving at deuce, Ana appeared to injure her left foot while playing a forehand. She received on-court medical treatment but was unable to continue for more than two points.

The Ohio crowd gave Ana a generous standing ovation as she left the court in recognition of her entertaining play this week.

The 22-year-old left the Lindner Family TennisCenter soon afterwards, headed to a local hospital to have an MRI scan. Before departing she described the injury:

"All of a sudden on that one shot I felt like something crack a little bit. I was very scared.

"I'm obviously disappointed the way it finished, because I felt like I had a really good run and it was a good start to the match for both of us, I think.

"And just on that one forehand when I went to step around it, I just felt like pain all of a sudden, so much pain in my foot and I couldn't step on it anymore.

"I tried a bit of tape, but I could not put any weight on it, and there was no point in me continuing."

Asked to comment on the tournament overall, Ana said: "It's been a great week for me. I still played some really great tennis.

"All the support I had here was great, and the facilities are really good. I did enjoy my week, and I look forward to next year."

Ana now faces a race against time in order to be fit for the Pilot Pen Tennis, which begins in New Haven on Sunday 22 August. The US Open commences on Monday 30 August.

An injury update will be posted when available