Ritsuko saw the slight blur of movement just before she struck her foe, and decided that this enemy was no simple assassin. Their strike hit home on her arm and they successfully evaded her high-speed attack. What's worse was what Ritsuko would soon feel after she impacted the earth and went underground. When she went to swim through the earth, which was as water before her jutsu... she would, of course, kick her legs and swing her arms. However... when she went to move her legs... her left arm and her tail were what moved instead. "Interesting..." thought the Jounin as she made a rapidfire assessment of the situation.
The technique known as "Doton: Dochu Senko" was a very useful skill that Ritsuko had found herself utilizing more and more... especially in conjunction with her "Fleeing Squirrel Maneuver" defense. Add to it that the skill required no handsigns, and it was almost the perfect combination. Now she was completely underground, and not visible to her foe. This would likely only buy her a short time... but a short time was a blessing in a battle of elite warriors as this was turning out to be. ... thoughts raced through her head as she attempted to formulate a strategy. Unfortunately... only one came to mind. Flight. She knew the Hokage was a capable fighter, and had likely called her in as a distraction... and if not, she would still be no help to him in her current state.
The earth around Ritsuko was already in a liquid state... and thanks to the sheer force with which she had hit the ground not two seconds ago... she was at least a few meters below the surface. This was advantageous for her, so long as her foes did not also possess Doton Jutsu. Thanks to the fact that her current jutsu needed no handsigns, simply a steady flow of chakra... Ritsuko unsealed the chakra left in her gloves and let it out in a slow but steady surge. She then manipulated it through sheer force of will. The earth behind her solidified and pushed her along, as the earth before her liquified and allowed passage. It would take a bit of time for her to figure out how to move properly... and by then, the jutsu would likely wear off anyways. Regardless, she was now of no use to the Hokage... and would better serve him by fleeing and living to fight another time.