Jovana falls in US Open qualies

Jovana’s US Open qualifying dream is over after she suffered an agonising three-set defeat to Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska.

26.08 2016 R

Jovana dominated the match in the early stages and looked to be heading for an exciting victory but Podoroska fought back, saving a match point in the second set to force a decider after a marathon tiebreak.

The third set was a highly competitive affair, with one game lasting 20 minutes, and with Jovana suffering with a recurring back injury it was Podoroska who clung on for a 2-6 7-6 7-5 victory.

“This one really hurts, that’s for sure,” said Jovana afterwards. “I did everything I could but it wasn’t enough. It’s going to take me a while to get over this one but I’ll stay positive and always look forward to my next tournament.”