Day 5: McHale's run ends in Round 3
September, 2, 2011
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Charles KrupaChristina McHale
Finally, against No. 25 Maria Kirilenko and with the crowd on McHale's side in a seemingly air-conditioned arena, she was simply overpowered.
Kirilenko was superior at the net and more consistent from the baseline. McHale was on the defensive for the duration of the 1-hour, 29-minute match. McHale finally looked like the 19-year-old newcomer she is, losing 6-2, 6-3.
"I was too passive today," McHale said. "The other day [against No. 8 Marion Bartoli] I took my chances when I had them."
Over the course of the first week, McHale has led a contingent of promising American women, including Sloane Stevens and Irina Falconi.
Falconi also lost Friday, 6-0, 6-1 to No. 22 seed Sabine Lisicki.