Stosur has Best Grand Slam in Years
It might be cruel to describe someone 32 years of age as being past his or her expiration date, but tennis is cruel, as cruel as any non-contact sport can be. The sudden changes of direction, overcoming momentum and the decidedly unnatural motions of hitting a tennis ball extract a huge toll of the bodies of the players.
Sam Stosur knows that feeling of being written off. After ascending to as high as number four in the world rankings after winning the U.S. Open in 2011 and going far into Grand Slam tournaments in 2012, she slipped down the ladder to her current number 21 position after 10 Grand Slam events where she could not get beyond the second round.
She was impressive in winning against number six ranked Simona Halep, but then struggled against the 102nd-ranked Tsvetana Pironka, and had to extricate herself from a 4 – 2 hole whilst dealing with a threatened service break when she found herself down 0 – 40 is the seventh game of the first set. She eventually won that set 6 – 4, but Pironka extended her to a second-set tiebreaker, which she led 5 – 1, but Stosur had to face set points before she was able to wriggle out and claim the match.
There is no relief in sight for Stosur as she will face world number four Garbine Muguruza in the semifinal.