Baltacha rues missed chance

British No.1 felt she need more aggression

Last Updated: 02/09/11 6:02am

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Elena Baltacha believes a lack of aggression cost her as she lost to former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round of the US Open.

The British No.1 had made a brilliant start, winning the first three games - only for 15th seed Kuznetsova to raise her game and secure a 6-4 6-3 victory at Flushing Meadows.

And the 28-year-old Baltacha said: "I started really well and then she got on her game and it was hard. She had so much shape on the ball, far more than what I thought, and it drew me back. And she moved unbelievably.

"She had a very good match today, and I did the best that I could. If I could go out and play her again, would I do anything different? Yes, I would. I think I'd be more aggressive and I'd make more of an effort to push myself back onto the baseline."


Baltacha, the world No.58, was left unhappy with a number of calls during the match and she also felt hard done by on the final shot, so much so she refused to shake umpire Arnaud Gabas' hand.

Baltacha said: "I don't want to make an excuse because it's always the same for both but I thought that was on the line. I could be completely wrong but I got the feeling I got a little bit done there. But she was winning.

"I wasn't too happy. I think there were a couple. It was the heat of the moment. I'm sure he's had that before. He's a big boy, he can take it."

Baltacha, who has now reached the second round at five successive grand slams, will now take a couple of weeks off before heading to the ITF tournament in Shrewsbury and the WTA Tour events in Austria and Luxembourg.

Baltacha said: "I'm very happy with how I've played, I've had a great season.

"If someone had said to me at the beginning of the year I was going to finish (ranked) in the 50s, with everything I achieved last year, I would have said that would be a really good year, even better than last year I would say, the fact that I've managed to defend the points."

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