Samantha Stosur ponders her loss.
Samantha Stosur ponders her loss. Alastair Grant

No excuses from Stosur for defeat

GOLD Coaster Samantha Stosur offered no excuses after adding to her dismal Wimbledon record with a shock first-round loss to Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi.

“I just didn't play as well as I know that I can,” the French Open runner-up said after the 6-4 6-4 loss yesterday morning.

“But I thought she played well. She served very well. I didn't serve as well as her and I think that kind of hurt me.

“It has been definitely a long few months through Europe, but that's all part and parcel with doing well.

“Yeah, I'm no doubt disappointed. Not really any other way to say it, really. I wanted to do a lot better here than what I had in previous years. I didn't. So it's unfortunate, but I'll come back next year and try even harder.”

Stosur's defeat preceded a straight-sets loss also for fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua and overshadowed Anastasia Rodionova's fighting three-set victory over plucky Brit Anne Keothavong.

Stosur, the world No.6 and winner of a tour-best 35 matches in 2010, never got hot, going down in one hour, 22 minutes on Showcourt 18.

Kanepi – a quality opponent who peaked at world No.18 in May of last year before being struck down by injury – played well enough but ultimately cashed in against a seriously out-of-sorts Stosur.

The Australian lost her very first service game of the match and was unable to work her way back into the opening set, despite having four break-back opportunities. The sixth seed also dropped serve in the first game of the second set, but this time broke straight back for 1-1 with a deft backhand drop shot.

But serving at 3-3 and 30-15, Stosur made two bad blunders, netting an easy overhead and then pushing a forehand wide, to gift Kanepi another break point.

The Estonian promptly belted a forehand winner to forge ahead and hold for 5-3.

Stosur gallantly fought off three match points on her own serve the next game, but it merely proved a stay of execution as Kanepi nervously closed out the contest.

The win was just Kanepi's second at Wimbledon.

Rodionova earlier gave Australia five players in the second round with a stirring 3-6 6-2 6-4 win that set up a clash on Thursday with former Russian countrywoman and 19th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

An underdone Dellacqua, playing her first match since suffering stress fractures in her right foot in March, lost 6-1 6-0 to Serbian Bojana Jovanovski.



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