Stosur in comeback shocker
SAMANTHA Stosur’s home struggles have reached new lows with the former grand slam champion suffering her worst loss in Australia.
Making her Fed Cup singles debut, world No. 210 Lesley Kerkhove humbled Stosur 7-5 7-6 (7-1) yesterday to earn the Netherlands a shock early lead in their World Group playoff in Wollongong.
Ashleigh Barty put the hosts back on level terms with a 6-0 6-2 dispatch of Quirine Lemoine, but team captain Alicia Molik said Stosur would be rested for today’s reverse singles in favour of Daria Gavrilova.
Despite being the most-prolific singles winner in Australian Fed Cup history, Stosur last won a singles rubber on home soil in 2014.
“Look, obviously a tough match,” said the one-time world No. 4 and US Open champion on the comeback trail. “There were points of time where I was playing really well and executing really well and other times where it wasn’t quite working for me.
“It’s obviously not a situation I’ve not experienced before. I obviously knew what the occasion was and gave it everything I had but it wasn’t quite enough. I’ll bounce back.”
Sam Stosur yesterday.