Ana Ivanovic upset in 2009 US Open 1st round
Ana Ivanovic was defeated in the first round of the US Open 2-6 6-3 7-6 by Kateryna Bondarenko.
Ivanovic summed up her run as “frustrating and disappointing” after she was beaten in the opening round of a major for the first time in her career.
Ivanovic had her chances even had a match point but failed to put off Bondarenko.
“It hurts. I’m sure I will have sleepless nights,” said Ivanovic.
“I created a lot of chances for myself, and I’m really disappointed that I made a few mistakes in the important moments and my forehand let me down on a few occasions. But I have to accept it and try to put this year behind me, and try to learn from it.”
Ivanovic looked to have staged a great escape when she clawed back from a 4-1 down in the decider and then earned match point at 6-5 in the tiebreak. But she blew her chance and even when she watched Bondarenko double fault on her first match point, she could not gather her wits.
Instead, it was her opponent who never lost belief and the Ukrainian sealed a memorable victory after almost 2-1/2 hours of high drama when Ivanovic smacked a forehand into the net.
“It was really dramatic and emotional. My box (supporters) was screaming ‘you can do it’ and I believed them,” Bondarenko said.
After this bad season, Ivanovic felt she needed to reassess her game.
“I’ve been thinking about everything too much and trying to address lots of issues with my game,” said the bubbly Serbian.
“My fitness is at one level, mind at another, my game is at another level. All these things have to marry to get into the right direction and have to fit.”
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