To the dismay of her Aussie followers, Sam Stosur has dropped out of the French Open. Searching for her second Grand Slam title, Stosur looked to be in a great position to win the tournament with other high seeded stars having fallen earlier, but she couldn’t get past her lower ranked opponent, Sara Errani, in the semi-final yesterday.
Costly errors were Stosur’s downfall; she made 49 unforced errors to basically hand her Italian counterpart the victory, losing 5-7 1-6 6-3.
The Aussie US Open champ actually led in a tight first set before Errani pulled away at the end. She dominated the second, barely giving the Italian room to breathe but made too many mistakes in the third to really challenge for the match.
Correlations exist between another recent Stosur heartache at the same tournament. She failed to take home the title match in 2010 against another Italian, Francesca Schiavone, despite having won all four of their previous encounters.
Her chance at redemption comes later this month when the Wimbledon Grand Slam kicks off.
"I needed to do more. I didn't do it at the time when it really mattered," Stosur said after the match.
"I've had disappointing losses before. I have been through similar situations and been able to come back. I have no doubt I'll be able to do that."
Unfortunately Wimbledon hasn’t been to kind to the 28-year-old in the past. She has only won five matches at the tournament and made just one appearance in the third-round.