Bacsinszky too strong for Sam in Sydney
Sam Stosur was unable to keep her run going at the Sydney International, winning the first set before fading to a 5-7 6-4 6-3 loss to former world No.9 Timea Bacsinszky in the second round on Wednesday.
On Show Court 1, Stosur grabbed the first set but was unable to stop Bacsinszky weaving her web in a two-and-a-half hour match.
Currently ranked 192nd after an injury-marred couple of years (she required hand surgery in late 2017), Bacsinszky, a former world No.9 and twice Roland Garros semifinalist, grew in confidence as the match wore on.
“It was a three-hour grind and a battle. It was just an awkward match,” Stosur reflected.
“I tried what I could out there. It just wasn’t easy. Obviously I’d much rather be here tomorrow, but I guess two matches under my belt this week is not a bad thing heading into Melbourne. Obviously still some things to work on but I’ve got days to do that.
“Timea plays an awkward-style game, and I think in these conditions it made it even harder to really play against that.
“I guess it’s all a learning experience and, okay, what could I do to combat that. I think I was on the right track. I probably didn’t execute it quite as well as what I needed to.”
Bacsinszky will in the quarterfinals face Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who struggled mightily early on before recovering to subdue Stosur’s fellow Queenslander Priscilla Hon.