Samantha Stosur’s up and down 2012 has taken another turn down.
Just a week before the Wimbledon Grand Slam is set to begin, Australian Sam Stosur has produced another disappointing effort, bowing out of a WTA warm-up event in Rosmalen, the Netherlands.
The shocking part is that her opponent, a complete unknown from Belgium, world no.262 Kirsten Flipkens, was the upset girl. Flipken won in straight sets 7-6 (9-7) 6-3.
Stosur crashed out of her home Grand Slam in January at the Australian Open in the opening round to Romanian Sorana Cirstea. At last year’s Wimbledon event she suffered a similar fate when she lost in the first round to Melinda Czink.
Remarkably, Stosur tried to play the loss down.
“Overall, I was quite happy with the way I played. It wasn't really anything disastrous,” she said.
“It's just a matter of going out there again tomorrow, practising hard and just fine-tuning a few important points and that can make the difference.
“I don't think I did too much wrong.”
The loss comes after Stosur gave up a great opportunity for a second Grand Slam win in Paris earlier this month.
Stosur actually jumped out to a great start by winning the first four games of the opening set. Flipken won back the next four before the world no.5 had two chances to take the set but failed to capitalise. The chair umpire overturned an ace that should’ve claimed the set, allowing Flipken the momentum and the result.
“That was definitely a big moment in that tiebreak and obviously in the end of the match because I really thought I won that set and then you don't win it and you're a set behind,” Stosur said.
It hasn’t been the perfect year for our Sam, but it’s business time and the excuses need to stop.