Once again, Australian tennis star Samantha Stosur is unable to rise to the occasion she loses in the second round of Wimbledon to Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.
Rus defeated Stosur 6-2 0-6 6-4 and she played fearless tennis. Rus was smart, she attacked Stosur’s weak backhand and she just broke it down. Stosur hit numerous backhands into the net or long.
Tennis experts and fans have wondered why does Stosur do so poorly at Wimbledon?
Sam has only reached the third round of Wimbledon once in her entire career. Stosur has a huge first serve, excellent second serve, and a big forehand. Stosur also volleys very well but her backhand is weak and her mind is fragile.
A few weeks ago, Stosur lost in the French Open semifinals in a shocking upset to Italian woman Sara Errani. Today, Stosur seemed uncertain on the court she lacked composure and I think she needs to see a sports psychologist. I also believe Stosur needs to develop a better two handed backhand. Stosur’s one handed backhand is excellent she is able to slice and keep the ball low. Why didn’t Stosur use the one handed backhand on the slick grass court?
It looks like the expectations of being a grand slam champion have gotten to Stosur. Stosur won’t admit it, but her poor performances at the Australian Open and Wimbledon championships indicate she doesn’t like being the favourite. The reason Sam won the US Open over Serena Williams last year is nobody expected her to win. Stosur has a terrible record in WTA finals she’s 3-11 in her career.
Stosur has so much potential and a lot of talent but she just fails to play her best tennis when she needs to. It is so sad to see such a talented player end up being just a one slam wonder like Gabriela Sabatini and Jana Novotna.