Stosur on a mission
No copping out, Samantha Stosur says it’s finally time to stand up and be counted at the spiritual home of tennis.
Stosur opens her eighth Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday with a dismal 5-7 record at the All England Club.
But having climbed the ranks to No.6 in the world, the French Open runner-up accepts she can no longer blame her limited grasscourt experience for any further flops on the sport’s greatest stage.
“At the end of the day, it’s still Wimbledon and I’m going to give everything I’ve got to make it a good result for me,” said Stosur ahead of her first-round clash with Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi on Tuesday.
“It’s not my favourite surface, but it’s probably not a lot of other players’ favourite either.
“So it’s a matter of going out there and handling it as best you can and just getting through the the matches one by one.”
Stosur admitted she was still hurting from her unexpected loss to Francesca Schiavone in the Roland Garros final, but was heartened to have bounced straight back to reach her fifth semi-final of the year last week on the lawns of Eastbourne.
“I couldn’t really complain with the way I was able to play there,” the Queenslander said.
“I think my game is moving in the right direction and one more practice and I think I’ll be ready Tuesday.”
Stosur’s first aim is to venture beyond Wimbledon’s third round for the first time.
Blessed with a dream draw and boasting a tour-high 35 match wins in 2010, achieving such a modest goal should be a breeze.
The 26-year-old’s first real test is expected to come from either 10th seed Flavia Pennetta or rising Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai in the round of 16, with Danish third seed Caroline Wozniacki looming as Stosur’s projected quarterfinal foe.