It’s not the first time and it wont be the last. Samantha Stosur has yet again, in her own words, “choked” in front of her home crowd. Stosur lost to Zheng Jie 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Stosur has consistently had poor results in Australian tournaments saying she struggles to cope with the expectation. The thing is that as much as the Aussies adore Sam it’s hard to say that anyone really expects much of her in Australian tournaments. We get hopeful, we can get a bit carried away on the rare time she makes it passed the second round but ultimately it doesn’t end the way we’d like it two. Read more
Sam Stosur’s poor record at Wimbledon is well known. Sam has said that she ‘hates’ playing on grass in the past and her results (nine times out of ten she has failed to reach the third round) reflect this. Unfortunately for Stosur her second round loss also means that there are no Australian’s moving through to the third round after the cocky but promising Bernard Tomic also failed to impress.
Predictably Hewitt and some of Australia’s lesser known players also failed to progress, some facing difficult draws that never worked in their favour – but this is a match Stosur could have, and should have, won. Read more
It doesn’t really come as a surprise that Sam Stosur has failed to back up her US Open success with any significant results in Australia. Sam’s career has long been marred by the mental weakness of her game and Sam has always struggled to deal with the pressure when playing at home. Today was no different.
Stosur has one of the strongest serves in the women’s game and is so muscly it shouldn’t be an easy task to overpower her and yet today Sorana Cirstea was able to do just that and win 7-6, 6-3. It took just 91 minutes for the world number 59 win. Read more
The slow motion replay of Serena Williams rolling her left ankle at the Brisbane International today is not pretty. The sprain has forced Williams to withdraw from her quarter-final with Daniela Hantuchova.
Later, after hobbling to her media interviews, Serena said, ”I have been to hospital and it has been confirmed that I have a left ankle sprain that I probably shouldn’t play on. I’m going to take a couple of days off – not too many – and see how I feel. I’m still hopeful of playing the Australian Open.” Read more
Today we were all reminded what a good loser Serena Williams is when she once again ripped into an official at the US Open in a high stakes moment. Williams became infuriated when she was given a point penalty after yelling out “Come on” before Stosur had hit the ball, therefore interrupting play. The point penalty gave Stosur a break of serve and Serena just lost it. Read more
Sam Stosur has won her first Grand Slam title today beating Serena Williams in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 13 minutes. It has been 10 years since Lleyton Hewitt lifted the US Open trophy and 31 years since Australia had a female Grand Slam singles champion.
Stosur played a brilliant match and played some of her best ever tennis while Williams struggled to steady the ship and berated the umpire in a manner not too dissimilar from her implosion against Kim Clijsters in 2009. Read more
Sam Stosur has confidently crushed Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-3, in just 67 minutes to make a smooth passage to the . It was the eighth consecutive time Sam has beaten Vera.
Stosur was impressive with 84% of first serve points, 25 winners
and a 75% conversion rate on break points. Read more
I think we can officially stop referring to Serena William’s as ‘returning’ or making a ‘comeback’. She’s back, she’s in form, she’s slaying her opponents and the best is yet to come. Serena’s here and ready to win the US Open again.
As Serena leaps back up the rankings, almost embarrassingly dominant over the rest of the WTA tour, she has shown more genuine emotion in victory than I ever remember seeing from her. Previously it has always been a competitive drive to succeed more than an overwhelming desire to just play again. Read more