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Lin Lin
Jun 7th, 2010, 01:05 PM
SYDNEY : Australian media rallied around Samantha Stosur Monday after her heart-breaking French Open defeat but were unsure whether her giant-killing feats would boost the country's tennis fortunes.

Stosur, playing the best tennis of her career, swept aside Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic before surprisingly losing Saturday's final to Italian Francesca Schiavone.

"In merely reaching the final, Stosur gave Australian tennis some much needed exposure outside the annual false dawn of the Australian Open," Richard Hinds wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Had she won, Stosur would have been the first Australian to win a Grand Slam since Lleyton Hewitt's 2002 Wimbledon victory.

Stosur was the hot favourite to take the final, but the 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) scoreline went Schiavone's way, extending Australian women's 30-year Grand Slam drought.

Stosur has said she hopes her performances have inspired Australians but Hinds said it was a knee-jerk reaction to suggest "Stosurmania" would power a new generation of female players.

"The more sober observers will remember that the multiple Grand Slam success of Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt did not create a tennis boom but a period in the doldrums," he wrote.

Stosur, who was ranked world No. 7 ahead of the French Open, remains Australia's greatest hope for a major and commentator Patrick Smith said she was also a role model of whom the country could be proud.

"Stosur comes with no trinkets or tantrums. She plays decent tennis decently. And tennis has a player that is both talented and accessible," Smith wrote in The Australian.

Stosur, 26, said she intended to use the defeat to stoke her hunger for a Grand Slam title, and hoped that her Roland Garros run would inspire fellow Australians.

"I'm obviously very, very disappointed right now," she said from Paris late Sunday.

"Hopefully I will handle it a good way and get over it and get past it and, in the end, that it will make me even better and hungrier if I ever get to that position again."

"I am sure it's going to inspire lots of young players and people maybe who have never picked up a racquet might think, 'Oh, maybe I'll go get a racquet today and go down to a court and have a hit and see how I like it'," she said.

"Tennis has been on its way back up but I think this can only help."



Jun 7th, 2010, 01:13 PM
well thats what happens when you get a tad cocky.... too cocky after her match with Serena.That cool exterior is a smokescreen...

Lord Choc Ice
Jun 7th, 2010, 01:13 PM
Sam. :hug:

Jun 7th, 2010, 01:26 PM
Weird article. No "trinkets and tantrums"? :rolleyes:

Well, I'm sure she's heartbroken. But that's why they play the matches. On paper is not good enough. She will have more opportunities.

Jun 7th, 2010, 01:33 PM
see...what would make it more heart breaking, is when they use terms like swept aside in reference to her wins over jh and serena...you don't sweep aside people in this sport in particular where at one point or another you could have lost the match

just adds more pressure