Tearful McHale 'panics,' loses 5-0 lead in third

Monday, May 23, 2011 /by
U.S. teenager Christina McHale lets go of a 5-0 lead in the third set against Italy's Sara Errani and falls 6-7 (4), 6-2, 9-7 in the first round of Roland Garros. McHale said that had never happened to her before, even in the juniors. "I started rushing when she won a couple of games and I felt like it was slipping away and I couldn't stop it," a tearful McHale said. "I just panicked and didn't take my time. I was feeling something in my leg and I wanted to close it out quickly and I stopped thinking and I was just trying to end it. I'm not stunned because I know anything can happen in tennis. But I'm upset and disappointed in myself."

The veteran Errani said that the reason she didn't give in down 5-0 was because she recalled that McHale appeared tense in the first-set tiebreaker. "Her way of thinking worked McHale said. "She didn't give me anything. It feels awful now, but hopefully in a couple of days I'll be able to take something from this so it won't happen again."

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