Australian Open 2016: Sam Stosur loses in first round … again

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Sam Stosur has lost in the first round and is out of the Australian Open. Again. This should be a news story but is not.

Stosur losing in the first round is no longer a surprise for, disappointingly, she has too often been here before. Stosur lost to Pliskova of the Czech Republic in straight sets at Rod Laver Arena on Monday night and even more disappointingly it was not even to the good Pliskova sister.

Australia’s top woman lost 6-4, 7-6 to the 114th ranked player in the world, qualifier Kristyna and not her twin sister Karolina, ranked 12 in the world

These things have happened before: this was the fourth time the former US Open winner has lost in the first round of the Australian Open. Twice here she has made the fourth round, but as a top ten player in the world that remains an unsatisfying yield from 15 years of competing here.

“[I’m] obviously really disappointed not to get through,” Stosur said.

“I am not happy about it, that’s for sure. Unfortunately it’s another year done.”

Stosur admitted she hoped that in retirement her performances at home would not overshadow her achievements overseas.

“Hopefully not from my Australian Open results,” she said when asked how she thought she would be remembered as a player.

“I’ve had a really good career. I’ve achieved a lot of things. You know, winning a Grand Slam was my dream from when I was eight or nine years old, and I’ve been able to do that. There’s been a lot of good in my career but I’d obviously like to do better here at the Open.

Pliskova won the first set 6-4 then needed treatment on her back and right hamstring in the break.

Ironically the tightness in her movement made things slightly more difficult for Stosur as the Czech left-hander began letting rip on her shots. A tall woman her powerful serve became more difficult to make inroads on – she hit nine aces in two sets. She was going for her shots with abandon and played to a level that belied her lowly ranking.

Stosur recovered in the second set to have a set point on Pliskova’s serve but was unable to convert her chance. The set went to tie break but Stosur could not overcome the cavalier Czech.

Stosur saved two match points in the tie break, but could not recover the third.

“Look, I didn’t play bad. I played a decent match,” Stosur said.

“I played somebody who was playing well. Had a couple of opportunities and didn’t take them.

“You know, a straight-sets loss, you don’t know exactly what that was by reading a scoreboard. It’s one of those things. I felt pretty good coming into tonight’s match. I did everything I thought as best as I could tonight, gave it everything, and unfortunately came up short.”

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