FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Defending US Open Women’s champion Samantha Stosur began her defense in style on Monday morning in Flushing Meadows. The Australian demolished Croatia’s Petra Martic 6-1, 6-1 in the first round.
Stosur was so dominating that she came close to capturing a “Golden set” (a set won without losing a point) in the first set. Stosur was five points away from the rare feat.
“I knew at 4‑Love, 40‑Love that I hadn’t missed a point and the match had been going pretty quick and obviously in my favor, “ Stosur said.
“It did pop into my head for a split second. Then I hit the double fault and it was erased and I was quickly on with the next point.”
“I wasn’t trying ‑‑ all of a sudden the goal didn’t become to win a golden set. It pops into your head and you think, Oh, that would be cool. You go through and I won a couple more points and then, yeah, I hit that double fault.”
Stosur won 86 percent of her first serve points, 90 percent of her second serves an