The pressure of coming into the Australian Open as a Grand Slam winner proved too much for Sam Stosur.
The reigning U.S. Open champion crashed out in the first round, beaten 7-6 (2), 6-3 by Sorana Cirstea in front of her home crowd at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. Her bid to end a 34-year drought for Australian women at the Australian Open was in tatters on just the second day of the tournament.
As Stosur spoke to the media afterward, her eyes appeared red and slightly swollen.
''I'm probably very close to crying, having a really awful night,'' Stosur said. ''It's hard to suppress those emotions when it means so much to you.''
The sixth-seeded Stosur has never gotten past the fourth round at the Australian Open. In 10 trips to Melbourne Park, Stosur has lost in the first round three times - the last time in 2005.
The defeat wasn't entirely surprising. She also lost early at two tuneup tournaments, and after going out in the first round at the Sydney International, she admitted sh...