Stosur slams talk of Australian crisis
By Darren Walton
11:00 AEST Thu Jun 28 2012

  Have your say on our Wimbledon shambles.

Samantha Stosur insists there is no need to panic about the state of Australian tennis after her shock Wimbledon exit completed a woeful effort from her compatriots at the All England Club.

Stosur failed to keep the Australian flag flying into the third round of the grasscourt Grand Slam as she slumped to a 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 defeat against Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands on Wednesday.

The US Open champion's latest Wimbledon nightmare -- she has failed to get past the third round in 10 visits -- means there are no Australians left in either the men's or women's singles.

Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Matthew Ebden and Marinko Matosevic had already bowed out, which left Australia without a male player in the second round of Wimbledon for the first time since 1938.

And with Stosur, Casey Dellacqua, Ashleigh Barty, Anastasia Rodionova and Jarmila Gajdosova all eliminated from the women's draw, some critics have begun to question the strength of Australia's tennis.

Stosur, who reached the French Open semi-finals earlier this month, concedes it has been a dispiriting effort from the Australians, but she is adamant talk of a crisis is premature.

"It's obviously a pretty woeful performance by all of us, but it's not through lack of trying or not wanting to be here. It's just one of those things," she said.

"You have to look at something over a longer period of time than just one event before you say we're in this dire straits kind of mode.

"Of course it can be better. I'm sure I can speak for all the other players when I say we wish we had better tournaments.

"But I don't think you can look at something from one tournament and say 'Oh my God, we have to change everything'. There's definitely players coming up.

"Sometimes you have to stick to a plan for a long period, even if you see a few lulls, to see if it's really working.

"If you chop and change and are always looking for that secret answer you're not necessarily going to find it. Things just take time."

Stosur will be back at Wimbledon for the Olympic tennis tournament next month and, despite her woes on grass, she expects to mount a strong challenge for a medal.

"This year I hated it (grass) a little bit less than the previous years. I still love playing at Wimbledon but obviously it hasn't been my very best tournament," she said.

"There's certainly things I can take away from it. Maybe one positive is the Olympics are coming up and I've got more time to get better on this surface.

"We all take great pride in playing for our country. Hopefully we can turn it around at the Olympics."

After dropping the first set, Stosur, who beat Serena Williams in New York to win her first Grand Slam title last year, reeled off six successive games to level the match on Court One.

Rus wasted two match points as she served for the win and then tamely netted a forehand on break point to give Stosur a lifeline.

But Stosur couldn't take advantage of her reprieve as Rus, who won the Australian Open junior title in 2008, showed impressive nerve to break again and seal the victory.

"Before the match I knew she's not a great grass player. I believed I could win," Rus said.

Does Australian tennis need an overhaul?
Should Sam Stosur have achieved more?
Is Bernard Tomic the real deal?

User comments
Bernard Tomic is over rated. He's a spoilt pratt. Look at Lleytton Hewitt, he's still giving it a go knowing he's behind the pace. Tomic should swallow some concrete, harden up &learn Aussie passion like Hewitt.
We have two potentially great players at either end of their careers and given the right direction can win some slams.Tomic is still young and with some really hard work and proper support group can achieve great things. Sam has the overall game to win these tight matches but needs two things-obviously another coach who has some decent strategies and a specifically entrenched Plan B game plan!
Bernard Tomic showed promise at Wimbledon 2011. Very lazy on the court at Wimbledon 2012. Again no commitment. Sometimes the prospect of winning big prize money is enough incentive, let alone the prestige and playing for your Country. After his match was over, Tomic admitted he had done very little work over the last two months leading to Wimbledon. Does he have a coach? If not get one. If he has one, then change him. Remember the days of Ken Rosewall and Lew Hoad? At 17 years of age, they defeated Schroeder and Trabert of America to win the Davis Cup for Australia. They were brilliant. What kind of coaching do we need to again instil that kind of sparkle in our players, male and female, of today. Sam Stosur is now past her prime at 28 years of age. Time to look to the best of our juniors, and we do have some.
I'm no expert but it appears to me that Australian players are not worked hard enough. Tennis Australia needs to take a hard line approach. Everything however, goes in waves. There have been good times, now there are bad times. The good times will return but players have to work for it. The trick is to train harder than the next person. If someone trains for 5 hrs per day, then you train for 7. If someone runs for 5 km, you run for 10km. If someone hits 1000 balls each day, you hit 2000.
I agree with dr.baz. Qld.Sam Stosur played to the best of her ability in the first round at Wimbledon and the second set in round two. Her lack of commitment and competitive approach to the game has never been more evident. Very poor footwork, and failure to delete a particular shot from her game when it is not working, like the last three shots of her pathetic third set in the second round which were attempted under slicing her backhand with no footwork. She was hitting backhand drives in her first round match for winners. Never be another winner.
the role of Australian Tennis should be to identify and help players get a start. It seems that once they do show any ability players want to go professional. They Choose who they want as coaches, what and where they will play and live, and I doubt take much advise from Tennis Australia. There inability to make it once they go professional seems of their making. I agree, they may be Australian but aren't playing for Australia outside of Davis Cup or Hoffman Cup. EVen at the Olympics they seem to be independant and sepearte of many of the other Atheletes. No doubt stay in hotels and go as soon as there games are over, onto the next professional tournnament. Tennis Australia should stay with the grassroots of the sport.
it was great when we had pat rafter, wayne arthurs, alicia molik, mark philippoussis to an extent, now what do we have? hewitt is close to retirement i would imagine, bernard tomic cant play to save his life and acts like a spoilt brat, as we saw at the end of his wimbeldon campaign. but this always hapens in any sport, you have an unbeatable line up for any sport, once they all retire, you have very little to work with. give it time....
I have to disagree with Ms Stosur, Australian tennis is the laughing stock of world tennis. It has been for many years and those in Tennis Australia are to blame. Can someone please ask Tennis Australia what plans they have to right this horrible wrong...Australian tennis is a joke.
Tomic and Stosur are gifted top class tennis players but Tomic is a spoilt brat indulged by his family.It sounds like he has never had to fight for anything.he needs to become focused. Poor Sam needs a psychiatrist. She doesn't believe in herself when the going gets tough.
I do not uderstand how Sam can win a set 6-0 against an opponent and lose the match.

Most popular articles
Spotted....Professional surfer
strikes in fashion
Wide World of Sports TV partners
Wide World of SportsCatch up with Ken Sutcliffe and the team on Wide World of Sports.Footy ClassifiedOur award winning panel tell it how it really is in the AFL world.NRL Footy ShowFatty and the gang bring you an entertaining look at rugby league.AFL Footy ShowAustralia's favourite team takes you through the week in AFL.