Friday, June 22, 2012

Stosur stalls in Wimbledon warm-up

Updated June 19, 2012 11:15:39

Samantha Stosur's preparations for Wimbledon have hit a setback, with the Australian losing in the first round of the grass court tournament in the Netherlands to a rank outsider.

The Queenslander was top seed at the tournament, but her seven double faults contributed to her loss to Belgian world number 251 Kirsten Flipkens, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

The match was her first on grass since an equally inexplicable opening-round defeat at Wimbledon a year ago to world number 262 Melinda Czink of Hungary.

Stosur's premature exit from s-Hertogenbosch leaves the US Open champion desperately short of grass court match practice before Wimbledon gets underway next Monday.

But the world No.5 put on a brave face and said she was unconcerned.

"Overall, I was quite happy with the way I played. It wasn't really anything disastrous," Stosur 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 world No.5 started brightly enough, racing to a 3-0 lead in the first set and had two more break points to open up a 4-0 buffer.

Instead, Flipkens broke back to get back on level terms before Stosur had another chance to take the set in the 10th game, only to snatch at a routine forehand volley.

Some daring serve-volleying earned Stosur three more set points and she appeared to have nabbed the opening set with her fifth ace.

Alas the chair umpire over-ruled and the Belgian made the most of her good fortune to take the set when Stosur was unable to control a low forehand volley.

Stosur admitted the over-rule proved the turning point as she again dropped serve in the second game of the second set and was unable to recover as the lowly-ranked Belgian powered to the biggest win of her career in one hour, 35 minutes.

"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," she said.

"You take two steps into the baseline, you pump your firsts and you think you've won the set - especially when she's walking to the changeover as well giving you the point - and the umpire decides that's he's going to over-rule.

"Yeah, it was just a few points here and there throughout that first set. I don't think I did too much wrong.

"I made my set points and on grass sometimes the way it goes."


Tags: sport, tennis, netherlands

First posted June 19, 2012 08:31:51

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