Sam: “I may not be able to play again until August”
Sam Stosur has confirmed that she will miss this year’s Wimbledon championships as she faces up to two months on the sidelines due to a stress fracture in her playing hand.
Stosur sustained the injury during Roland Garros, a bitterly disappointing turn of events given she was rounding into some excellent form and the draw had opened up in the French capital.
After storming through the opening set of her fourth-round match against Jelena Ostapenko, Stosur was increasingly hampered by the injury and went on to fall to the Latvian teenager in three sets.
Ostapenko went on to win the tournament.
“Everything was going really good. I played really well through Strasbourg and the start of Paris was great. I felt physically really good and was getting through my matches well, was feeling really confident,” she told tennismash.com.
“I definitely felt like things were getting better and better, then this just came out of nowhere which makes it even more frustrating because I was on a bit of a roll, and now not to be able to play kind of sucks.
“No doubt with the way I was playing though the last few weeks, I could have had as good of a chance as anyone at Roland Garros to keep going. You never know, but I did feel like I was in a really good position.
“Since then I’ve literally done nothing. It is still pretty sore and swollen, so until that goes down I can’t do too much with it.
“It is highly likely I may not be able to play again until August, so (recovery could take) a good eight or nine weeks.”
Stosur ‘s absence from Wimbledon will mark the first time since Australian Open 2008 – she missed that tournament while recovering from Lyme Disease – that she will not feature in a Grand Slam main draw.
“I had a pretty good run I guess, so I’ve got to look at it on the positive side, but certainly to miss any Slam is disappointing. Even Wimbledon, where sometimes I’ve struggled on the grass, it is still not a great feeling not to be there,” Stosur said.
“It’s disappointing no matter which way you look at it.”