Sam Stosur
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Stosur strikes out at Wimbledon

AUSTRALIA'S bleak Wimbledon took another inglorious turn last night when Sam Stosur's 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 loss to Dutch left-hander Arantxa Rus left the once-powerful tennis nation without a singles representative in the third round of a grand slam for the first time in the Open era.

If Paul McNamee thought Tuesday was grim - the worst at Wimbledon, he claimed, ''in living memory'' - then one can only imagine what he made of Stosur's result against the 72nd-ranked Rus, a former top-ranked junior who again exposed the US Open champion's vulnerability on grass.

Australia's male representation had ended with the elimination of Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt and Matt Ebden on Tuesday; Stosur was the last of the women.

Having not reached even the second round at the All England Club since 2009, before ending a two-year run of first-round flops with an encouraging 6-1, 6-3, defeat of Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday, Stosur was strongly favoured to advance past the talented Rus.

But Suarez Navarro is a right-hander with the type of game that gives Stosur more time to set up her powerful forehand; Rus is a rangy left-hander of the type that has thwarted Stosur before.

 

Read more at Brisbane Times


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