No magic answer for Stosur's problem on home courts

Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:17am EST
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By Will Swanton

BRISBANE (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur conceded there was no magic solution to her problems on home courts after a shock loss to Sofia Arvidsson in the opening round of the Brisbane International on Monday.

The world number nine, who has failed to match expectations in Australian tournaments, lost 7-6 7-5 to the Swede five weeks after ankle surgery and only a fortnight before the Australian Open.

"Just really disappointed again, leaving Brisbane so early," Stosur told reporters. "I think it was some good tennis and some pretty average tennis at times."

Stosur said the surgery and the subsequent shortage of training had not played a part in her defeat.

"I wasn't going into the match thinking 'Oh my God, I haven't done this or that'," she said.

"I gave myself every opportunity to try and play as well as I could but for sure, I have not practiced enough.

"I guess going into the match you want to think that that's going to be enough, but I think tonight it probably showed that it certainly wasn't enough.

"I have a fair bit of work to do ahead of me. You could put it down to being a bit rusty and it's the first match."   Continued...

Samantha Stosur of Australia hits a return against Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden during their women's singles match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz