US Open: 2012 semi-finalist Sara Errani breaks down after second round defeat
Last Updated: August 29, 2013 11:19pm
Sara Errani was knocked out in straight sets
Sara Errani admitted she was struggling to cope with the pressure after losing in the second round of the US Open.
The Italian, a semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows 12 months ago, suffered a 6-3 6-1 defeat at the hands of compatriot Flavia Pennetta on Thursday.
"I don't want to go on the court. I don't want to go to play. I don't want to stay there on the court. I feel very bad."
Afterwards the ousted fourth seed, who also reached the final of the French Open in 2012, confessed she didn't even want to go out on court as the high expectations placed on her were taking their toll.
"She played a really good match. For me it was difficult. I think the worst thing was the fight. Normally it's my best thing that I do on the court, and today was not good," Errani said.
"I think it's the pressure. Everything is very difficult for me. I have never been in this situation, so it's a new situation for me. And also for my team, not only for me, my coach.
"We have to find the solution, because I think these things happen to everybody when you feel at the top and people are playing against you with no pressure and you have a lot of pressure.
"I don't want to go on the court. I don't want to go to play. I don't want to stay there on the court. I feel very bad.
"So that is the problem for me. I have to find a way to find the motivation to go there, because if I go there and I know that if I lose it's very bad and if I win it's normal, it's not a good thing. It's not the way.
"I have to find a way to stay there and fight. That is important. I hope to find it."
Pennetta, who missed last year's tournament through injury, has been a consistently good performer in New York, reaching the quarter-finals three times, including two years ago when she beat Maria Sharapova.