US Open challenge ended by Clijsters

US Open challenge ended by Clijsters

Ana's impressive run at the US Open in New York ended in the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat to 2nd seed Kim Clijsters from Belgium. The defending champion was outstanding while Ana held serve only once in today’s encounter, which ended in just 59 minutes.

Ana began well as she wangled two breakpoints in the opening game. Unfortunately for her, Clijsters held serve and piled the pressure on Ana with some aggressive returning. A break in the fourth game of the match saw the Belgian take a 3-1 lead.

The better Ana’s attacking strokes were, the better was Clijsters’ defence. The 22-year-old was often surprised by the depth of the Belgian’s play as she returned almost every ball to the baseline.

A superb Clijsters took the first set and continued her dominance in the second set. Ana struggled to get her returns in and made too many unforced errors to be truly competitive with the 2nd seed. At 4-0 and a set behind, Ana managed to break her opponent one more time, but had to accept the defending champion's superiority some moments later.

"I think nerves crept in," admitted Ana.

"I felt just a little slow and just a little bit out of it. But she played well. I had my opportunities in the beginning that I didn't convert, so that was a little bit disappointing."

Reflecting on the tournament overall, Ana was much more positive, especially when taking into account the uncertainty that surrounded her participation here, due to the ankle injury she sustained in Cincinnati last month.

"Besides this match today, I think I played really well," she said.

"I probably played better than I expected, considering the circumstances and everything, and how much I practiced beforehand. I'm very pleased with that overall."