Sam disappointed with loss
Samantha Stosur was left gutted after failing to capitalise on three service breaks in the final set of her 6-4 5-7 6-3 quarterfinal defeat on a blustery night in New York to Kim Clijsters.
“You can’t break serve and have chance after chance after chance and blow it in a quarterfinal,” Stosur said.
“It’s just too big an opportunity to let go, and unfortunately that’s what I did.
“I know Kim’s a great player and a very tough opponent here. It wasn’t the easiest match to win – but when you have chances like that, that’s what’s disappointing, to kind of lose them on your own racquet.
“I don’t think she really stepped up and hit 12 winners to break my serve three times in a row.”
In fact, Clijsters broke Stosur’s usually unbreakable serve eight times in the match, prompting the crestfallen Australian to declare the defeat one of the toughest of her career.
“I’m going to be disappointed about this one,” the 26-year-old said.
“Any time you lose deep in a Grand Slam, it’s tough, no matter what the circumstance.
“I guess if you play a little bit better it’s easier to take. I don’t think either of us played our best tennis tonight by any means.”
As well as the decider, Stosur let slip a 4-2 advantage in the opening set.
“It was definitely tough conditions, windiest conditions I’ve played in all week, but probably the worst I’ve served all week as well,” the French Open runner-up said.
“Put those two things together and you don’t hold serve for the third set and you lose.”
The one positive Stosur could draw from the loss was having reached her second Grand Slam quarterfinal of the season.
“I know I can walk away happy with that, but I think there was definitely a chance to make it a little bit better,” said the world No.6.
“Without a doubt my best year by far. Coming off the two weeks off that I had to have [off with an arm injury] and then to come here and have my best result and play three definitely very good matches here, I’m very pleased.
“It’s just unfortunate that I had to end like this.”