Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Reigning US Open champion Samantha Stosur was upset by Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-6(2), 6-3 in the first round of the Australian Open.

“I mean, of course it’s a big win, you know, “said Cirstea, currently ranked 59th in the world, “but I’m staying with the feet on the ground because I know today I went on the court, no pressure, she had the pressure.  I had nothing to lose.  So I think that kind of made me just go out there and enjoy it.

“But now things are changing a little bit.  Now people are going to expect me to win next match.  I’m just trying to enjoy today and try and prepare the next match.”

“I mean, obviously extremely disappointed,” said Stosur.  “Certainly not the way that I wanted, not just this tournament but the whole summer together.

“Yeah, there’s not any other word for it but a total disappointment.

“Throughout the first set, obviously I got a break up twice, then lost serve straight after, then soon after I think after the first one.

I think it was one of those matches where I wasn’t taking charge.  She was playing super aggressive.  She would either hit great balls, especially at the start, or could miss by a long way.

“She hung in there and kept going for it and eventually got better and better.  I think she played a very, very good match.  You have to give credit where credit’s due.

“But I still think I didn’t maybe step up.  Maybe I need to do that exact same thing back, whereas I was trying to maybe control what I was doing rather than, okay, this isn’t working, and if she keeps going the way she is, she’s going to win.  So maybe I need to try and step up and do the same kind of thing.

Stosur committed 33 unforced errors to Cirstea’s 28 winners.

Cirstea broke Stosur’s serve in the fifth game of the final set. Cirstea won the match on her fourth match point on Stosur’s serve when the Australian knocked a forehand long.

The year in her home country has not started out will for Stosur. The Australian fell in the second round at the Brisbane International and in the first round last week at Sydney.
Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News

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