Updated: Injury forces Ana to retire against Li

Updated: Injury forces Ana to retire against Li

Ana was forced to retire while leading Na Li 6-1 in the first round of the Qatar Telecom German Open. The 18-year-old injured her left thigh, which required strapping late in the first set.

It was a desperately unfortunate turn of events for Ana, who was dominating her opponent, hammering winners off both wings.

The opening two games were shared, but thereafter Ana stormed ahead of the Chinese, overwhelming the 24-year-old, who was runner-up in Estoril last week, with her sheer aggression. She also served very strongly and won several points at the net.

Such brilliant play enabled Ana to race into a 4-1 lead. In the sixth game, Ana felt pain in her left hamstring and with Li serving at deuce, the Serbian walked to the chair.

Ana was in some discomfort and had tears in her eyes, before the trainer came onto court and applied treatment, which included spays, heat pads and strapping.

Ana was able to continue long enough to wrap up the first set 6-1. The trainer, or Primary Healthcare Provider, as they are known on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, returned to give Ana more treatment during the sit-down, and the 18-year-old decided to continue.

However, Ana could not play more than two points in the second set and, in considerable distress, she walked to the net and shook hands with both Li and the chair umpire.

It is initially thought that the injury is not long-term, but Ana is likely to miss next week’s tournament in Rome.

We hope to have more news later.

By Gavin Versi