Melbourne - Australian world number nine
Samantha Stosur's horror run at her home Grand Slam continued Wednesday,
and she admitted she choked in the final set to hand victory to China's
The 2011 US Open champion has never ventured beyond
the fourth round in 11 visits to Melbourne Park and she threw away the
last five games in a nervy and hard-fought second round clash.
who suffered first-round flops at WTA events in Brisbane and Sydney
this year, was leading 5-2 in the third but collapsed in front of her
home fans and double-faulted to give Zheng victory 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.
word you want to put on it, at 5-2 up in the third, double break
probably is a bit of a choke, yeah," she said, adding that she was
"Obviously it's a pretty hard one to take when you get
yourself well and truly into a winning position, playing really quite
"Then all of a sudden you get to 5-2 and you lose five games
straight. It's kind of hard to say much about it right now, to be
Zheng was never going to be a pushover -- she beat Stosur in Sydney last week.
ranked 15 in the world with four career singles titles to her name, she
has slipped to 40 but had the measure of the Australian in the first
Coached by husband Zhang Yu, she executed her favourite
backhand shot with precision to rattle the Australian who has long
struggled in front of her home crowd.
The first set went with
serve until Zheng got the crucial break in the seventh game. Stosur
immediately broke back but got broken once again to put the Chinese 5-4
in front and set up a nerve-tingling final game.
seven set points, including one rally of 28 shots, in a game that lasted
more than 12 minutes before she sent an easy overhead volley long to
hand Zheng the set in 54 minutes.
But cheered on by a boisterous
crowd on Rod Laver Arena, Stosur came out for the second set fired up
and broke Zheng in the fourth game en route to levelling the match.
in her rhythm, Stosur got an early break in the third but Zheng refused
to wilt and under pressure, it was the Australian who caved in meekly
to miss out on a third round clash with 18th seeded German Julia
Stosur admitted her problem was mental, not physical.
I think it's 100 percent (mental)," she said. "I think that's what it
was. I got tight and then you start missing some balls. You probably
think a little bit too much.
"You do it over and over and over
again, and then you start not wanting to miss rather than wanting to,
you know, make the winner. Instead, it's 'I don't want to make the
Zheng admitted she was amazed she was able to come back in the third.
was thinking first time I played on center court is 2006. I thinking,
how many times I can play this court? I need to keep fighting and enjoy
"Yeah, (it was) just too simple. It's amazing I can come back."Results from day three of the Australian Open on Wednesday:
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) 6-3, 6-3
Angelique Kerber (GER x5) bt Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 6-3, 6-1
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) bt Klara Zakopalova (CZE x23) 6-1, 6-0
Julia Goerges (GER x18) bt Romina Oprandi (SUI) 6-3, 6-2
Valeria Savinykh (RUS) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x15) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4
Li Na (CHN x6) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 6-2, 7-5
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x19) bt Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) 6-3, 6-3
Madison Keys (USA) bt Tamira Paszek (AUT x30) 6-2, 6-1
Zheng Jie (CHN) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS x9) 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Sorana Cirstea (ROM x27) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
Maria Sharapova (RUS x2) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-0, 6-0
Nicolas Almagro (ESP x10) bt Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
Kei Nishikori (JPN x16) bt Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-1
Sam Querrey (USA x20) bt Brian Baker (USA) 6-7 (2/7), 1-1 ret
Jurgen Melzer (AUT x26) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-2
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x15) bt Tobias Kamke (GER) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) ret
Jerzy Janowicz (POL x24) bt Somdev Devvarman (IND) 6-7 (10/12), 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5
Tomas Berdych (CZE x5) bt Guillaume Rufin (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
David Ferrer (ESP x4) bt Tim Smyczek (USA) 6-0, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP x28) bt Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x23) 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3