Sam wise to smiling Serena
AAP: Samantha Stosur says she won’t be falling for any of Serena Williams’ mind games before Wednesday’s much-anticipated battle for a spot in the French Open semi-finals.
The Australian rolled her eyes and laughed when she heard of the world No.1’s gushing comments about her on Monday.
Just moments after Stosur had halted four-time champion Justine Henin’s 24-match unbeaten streak at Roland Garros 2-6 6-4 6-1 in the fourth round, Williams told reporters that Stosur “has a good chance to go all the way”.
“Yeah she’s amazing,” Williams said.
“She’s fast, she is strong and has a great serve. You know I don’t know if she has a real weakness.”
Consider that 12-time grand slam champion Williams all but dismissed Stosur as a hack only last July after the Australian toppled her at Stanford.
“She had a lot of lucky shots. She’s a good framer.” That was Williams’ comment at the time.
No wonder Stosur took the latest praise with more than a pinch of salt.
“She can say that but she knows we have to play each other in two days’ time,” Stosur told AAP.
“Whether or not she actually believes it, who knows?
“I guess it is a nice thing to say but at the end of the day we are going to compete against each other and she is not going to lie down to me for one moment.”
Stosur knows the powerful American is probably the biggest remaining hurdle in her quest to win Australia’s first French Open singles title since 1973.
The Gold Coaster is bursting with confidence from toppling Henin and having a win-loss record of 18-2 on clay this year doesn’t hurt either.
She seemed far from bothered about their last meeting when Williams blasted her off the court 6-4 6-2 in the round of 16 at the Australian Open.
“She beat me fair and square and played well, I did not really get into the match but I did not play that bad, she was just too good,” said Stosur.
“Hopefully that is not going to be the case on Wednesday.
“Different situation, different court, different everything.
“So I know I have beaten her once and and hopefully Wednesday will be a second time.
“But in grand slams it is always hard to beat Serena, no matter what the situation.”
She is right there.
Williams is the game’s equivalent of the Terminator, incredibly difficult to kill off and the American looked like she was hitting top form in her 6-2 6-2 win over 18th seed Shahar Peer on Monday.
“I feel prepared every year and I always dive out in the quarters,” said Williams.
“I am just trying to get past that this year.”
The 2002 champion has not progressed beyond the quarter-finals at Roland Garros since 2003 and it is her worst surface.
But only a fool would count her out.
With Henin out and Kim Clijsters injured, the winner of the Stosur-Williams clash is a good chance of going on to claim the title.
After beating Stosur at Melbourne Park this year, Williams said to the Australian crowd: “Sorry guys, maybe next time”.