By Rick Limpert, Special for Tennis Grandstand
Being a veteran on the WTA Tour, Sam Stosur has been through this before.
Rebounding from a bad stretch of tournaments the previous year can be tough, but Stosur says keeping the right mindset is most crucial when things don’t go your way for an extended period of time.
Such was the case last year during the spring clay court swing on the WTA Tour. Stosur lost early in Charleston, Madrid and at Roland Garros.
That was a far cry from 2010, a year that she won in Charleston and reached the finals of the French Open.
“Last year I struggled with a bit of illness, so that didn’t help,” admitted Stosur. ‘Before you know it, that part of the year is over…it’s kind of unfortunate.”As for this year, Stosur likes what she sees and how she feels, so far.
“I’m playing pretty good tennis and I’m happy on the clay, so I’m ready to get that part of the season started,” explained Stosur at the WTA All Access Hour held Monday in Charleston at the Family Circle Cup.Stosur knows with the likes of the Williams’ Sisters back on tour, nothing is going to be easy.
“Serena played real well against me (in Miami), but I had a few chances and at the end of the day she went out there and beat me,” offered up the reigning U.S. Open champ.
The Aussie got off to a flying start on Tuesday with a 6-0, 7-5 victory of Jamie Hampton, so confidence is buildingConfidence is one thing, but she knows like the rest, that nothing is easy on the WTA Tour.