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Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., worked hard to get to the night match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night, winning two matches earlier in the week at the U.S. Open.
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.