Sam upbeat despite Wimbledon exit
LONDON, AAP – Sam Stosur is ‘bummed out’ by her exit from Wimbledon but confident her recent run on grass can benefit her during the upcoming hard-court season.
Stosur went down to Daria Gavrilova 6-4 6-1 in an all-Australian second-round clash at The All England Club.
Gavrilova had lost her past two matches to Stosur this season on clay, but upstaged the former US Open champion on London’s hallowed grass to reach the last 32 for the first time.
Although grass is her least favourite surface, Stosur won five of her 10 matches including a run to the semifinals in Mallorca last month.
The defeat to Gavrilova means Stosur has never progressed past the third round in 15 visits to the All England Club.
The world No.86 is again sorry to depart the singles early. “I’m pretty bummed it’s all over,” the 2011 US Open champion said.
“I feel like this last month on the grass has maybe unlocked something. I am actually looking forward to the hard-court (season). There are a couple of things what I have been trying do on the grass that I can take onto the hard.
“I’ve got to do better on the hard court so I am excited about what’s ahead.”
After losing in doubles alongside Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Wednesday, Stosur will play alongside Britain’s Dominic Inglot in the mixed event before heading to Switzerland to play in a clay-court tournament.
The 34-year-old then turn her attentions to building up to Flushing Meadows – scene of the highlight of her career when she beat Serena Wlliams in the final seven years ago – by playing an event in Canada.
“Hopefully in the mixed we hope do alright,” Stosur said.
“I’ll then head to Gstaad back on clay for a week then onto the States for a couple of weeks practice.
“Then on to Montreal.”