To say 2012 has been a successful year for Australian tennis stars Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt wouldn’t exactly be accurate. Both have struggled; Hewitt’s slide down the world rankings over the past few years has been hard to watch and many others would have already put down the racquet, while Stosur’s has not been able to match her breakthrough year in 2011 when she won her maiden Grand Slam. Young gun Bernard Tomic was set to be the next big thing in Australian tennis and take the mantle from Stosur and Hewitt when they eventually decide to give the game away, but the teenager may have had the worst year of any of them.
After promises of Grand Slams, or at least to be in contention, all three would love a few wins to finish of the year.
Tomic put together an impressive Australian Open performance in January and went on to predict he was close to matching stars Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, the four dominating the men’s circuit in recent years, but didn’t even come close in a year filled with controversy.
Driving scandals and accusations he was playing less than 100 per cent on multiple occasions will see Tomic ranked lower than he was at the start of the year. He was one just one set against a top 30 rival in 2012.
Stosur is in Europe playing in the ATP/WTA Kremlin Cup tournament and advanced to the quarter-finals in a competitive straight sets win over France’s Alize Cornet. Falling just short of two and a half hours match time, Stosur battled past her 22-year-old counterpart to win 7-6 (8-6) 7-5.
Having won just one of the first three career matchups with Cornet, the opening set took a massive hour and 21 minutes and both players traded multiple breaks. Stosur will play Czech Klara Zaokpalova in the semis.
Stosur's power game wasn't able to carry her to a Grand Slam in 2012 and as she nears age 29 it is becoming increasingly more evident her best could be gradually sliding away.
Hewitt won another tough match in the second round of the Swedish Open, defeating Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 7-6 (7-2) 2-6 6-4 on Wednesday.
Hewitt, world No.102, was coming off a huge upset win of No.38 South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the opening round as the former world No.1 looks set to break into the top 100 for the first time in years.
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