Stosur falls to Muguruza in Brisbane thriller
Sam Stosur battled for nearly three hours at the Brisbane International before falling to No.4 seed Garbine Muguruza 7-5 in the third set.
Sam Stosur cursed herself on match-point but had no regrets as she went down swinging in her latest campaign at the Brisbane International.
Stosur exited the tournament on Monday early evening, giving up a break in the final set to fall to world No.7 Garbine Muguruza.
But it wasn’t due to an attack of nerves or failing to handle the pressure as the two heavy-hitting baseliners slugged out a captivating two-hour, 45-minute affair at Pat Rafter Arena before Muguruza pounced to win 7-5 6-7(2) 7-5.
In a replay of last year’s French Open semifinal, Stosur fought back superbly after losing the opening set to gain control, only to lose it again against the fourth-seeded Spaniard
It was the Queenslander’s third first-round exit in seven appearances in Brisbane – an event where she’s never passed the second round – but it was among her best performances at home as she played with aggression.
The chief frustration was succumbing after being poised for victory at 4-2 up in the third, before losing her serve as the French Open champion attacked and turned the momentum.
Stosur cursed after she hit a simple short forehand into the net on match point – continuing a seven-match losing singles streak stretching back to the second round of the US Open.
“I think today I played much, much, much better than what I played at the end of last year,” she said. “So there’s lots of positives to take from that.
“I’m really pleased with the way I played and competed and what I was able to do out there. I want to be that aggressive player.”
The 32-year-old, the oldest player in the tournament, was also left to rue missing three set points in the opener, as Muguruza reeled off eight of the next nine points.
Stosur called for new coach Josh Eagle at the break and the advice worked as she upped her aggression and went on to dominate the second-set tiebreaker and then broke immediately in the third.
Muguruza was highly relieved after scrapping her way back into the high-quality match.
“I think she played very well today,” the Spaniard said. “She served like a beast. My spirit was at the maximum level.”