Stosur starts well at Wimbledon
Samantha Stosur of Australia poses with the championship trophy after beating Serena Williams at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Sam Stosur never got out of first gear in her first round demolition of Carla Suarez Navarro, winning in straight sets 6-1 6-3 in a match which lasted a little over an hour.
Stosur, who has had problems on the grass courts in the past, came out all guns blazing, with all her pre-tournament worries being put behind her. The win was Stosur’s first at Wimbledon in three years after bowing out in the first round in her previous two campaigns.
“I was very please about how I played,” said Stosur. “It was good to get over the first hurdle. It was one of the best matches I’ve played on the grass courts, and coming to Wimbledon earlier has paid off.”
Her serves were kicking, her ground strokes were flatter than in the past and most importantly the Australian notched up her first victory on the grass courts in 2012.
“Her topspin shots gave me more time over the ball, but I need to keep working on flattening out my forehand and use more slice.”
Whether Wimbledon 2012 will be Stosur’s coming out party on the grass courts remains to be seen, but the draw is open for the 28 year old Australian.
In week one she faces the winner of Arantxa Rus versus Misaki Doi on Wednesday night and if ‘Slamming’ Sam keeps on winning then she won’t face a fellow seeded player until the fourth round.
The only worrying sign in Stosur’s game was her volleying. This would be a surprise to most tennis fans that know about Stosur’s past doubles background, but it seems that the time away from the four player form of the sport is taking its toll on Sam’s singles game as she failed to put away her opportunities at the net.
In other women’s action so far on day one, fellow Australian Jarmila Gajdosova fell in straight sets to Ayumi Morita of Japan.
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