The Courier-Mail

I AM SAM

Hey, New York, have you for­got­ten won a ti­tle here not that long ago?

- ANNA CALD­WELL IN NEW YORK

FOR­MER US Open cham­pion Sam Sto­sur will storm into the third round to­mor­row de­spite the tour­na­ment for­get­ting how to spell her name.

Sto­sur re­ceived an almighty snub by the event this week, be­ing forced to catch a bus to Flush­ing Mead­ows and shunted off her prac­tice ses­sion.

The of­fi­cial score­board in her first-round match also bizarrely spelt her name “Sa­man­tha Sto­dosova”.

The treat­ment – which Sto­sur said was not good enough – did not stop her from blast­ing her sec­ond-round op­po­nent, Rus­sian Ev­geniya Ro­d­ina, in just 51 min­utes yesterday, 6-1, 6-1.

It was her best re­sult at the court since 2012.

To­mor­row, Sto­sur will play Ital­ian 16th seed Sara Er­rani.

The for­mer cham­pion had to catch a bus from Man­hat­tan to Flush­ing Mead­ows on Wed­nes­day af­ter tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers told her all of the cars were in use by other play­ers.

On the same day, she had a 45-minute prac­tice ses­sion booked on court but was shunted be­tween three dif­fer­ent courts af­ter world No.1 Ser­ena Wil­liams booted her off.

“When you are still in the tour­na­ment you try and book a car and they say you can’t have one be­fore 10am be­cause you don’t have a match,” Sto­sur said. “I don’t think it’s good enough.”

When asked if she thought Wil­liams – the only woman to win the US Open since Sto­sur in 2011 – would get a car, she replied: “Yeah.”

“She kicked me off my prac­tice court yesterday too,” Sto­sur said. “A few is­sues, but it’s all right.”

Sto­sur said she was not speak­ing as a for­mer cham­pion but for all play­ers.

“It’s not just me,” she said. “There have been many play­ers in that sit­u­a­tion.

“It’s a grand slam. It’s one of the big­gest tour­na­ments in the world. You’ve got to be able to pro­vide trans­port to play­ers when they need it.”

Sto­sur said that since she won the tour­na­ment she had re­ceived “a lit­tle more help”. “Bar yesterday,” she said. Tour­na­ment spokesman Chris Wid­maier said the US Open had “noth­ing but the high­est re­gard for Sa­man­tha Sto­sur”.

“She’s a cham­pion here,” he said.

Wid­maier said play­ers with matches took pri­or­ity for trans­port. He did not know why Sto­sur’s name was spelt in­cor­rectly or why she was un­able to keep a prac­tice court.

 ??  ?? SNUBBED: Sam Sto­sur’s name was spelt in­cor­rectly at the US Open; and (inset) af­ter beat­ing Ser­ena Wil­liams in 2011.
SNUBBED: Sam Sto­sur’s name was spelt in­cor­rectly at the US Open; and (inset) af­ter beat­ing Ser­ena Wil­liams in 2011.
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