Fame and perks are fleeting for former U.S. champ Stosur

Thu Sep 3, 2015 3:54pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sam Stosur is discovering fame is fleeting and so are the perks that come with being a grand slam winner, even at Flushing Meadows where she was crowned U.S. Open champion in 2011.

The toast of the Big Apple just four years ago, Stosur has not exactly received a royal welcome back to New York as the Australian has been forced at times to ride the buses to the National Tennis Center instead of chauffeured courtesy cars.

And when the 22nd seed did make it to Flushing Meadows on Wednesday she was booted off a practise court by American darling and three-time defending champion Serena Williams.

If Stosur, the last player to beat Williams at the U.S. Open with her 6-2 6-3 victory in the 2011 final, felt slighted, she took it out on Evgeniya Rodina on Thursday by blasting the Russian 6-1 6-1 to speed into the third round in 51 minutes.

"Didn't help or hinder me in any way, shape, or form today going out to play," said Stosur, who was able to book a car to get her to Thursday's morning match.

"But yeah, when you are still in the tournament you try and book a car (and) they say you can't have one before 10:00 because you don't have a match, I don't think it's good enough."

Asked if she thought world number one Williams would get a car anytime she needed one, Stosur did not hesitate.

"I'd say so. She kicked me off my practice court yesterday, too," said Stosur. "A few issues, but it's all right.   Continued...

Sep 3, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Samantha Stosur of Australia hits a backhand against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia (not pictured) on day four of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Stosur won 6-1, 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports