Despite her devastating semi-finals loss today to Sara Errani, current 5th seed and US Open champion Samantha Stosur still has high hopes of achieving a win at Roland Garros.
The three-time French Open semi-finalist had difficulty explaining her 5-7, 1-6, 6-3 loss to the Italian underdog, who she has beaten five times before in previous encounters, although the incredible 49 unforced errors that she tallied up during the match may have had something to do with it. Echoing the 2010 finals where she faced another unknown Italian – Francesca Shiavone – today’s match was a bitter disappointment to the 28-year old, who is all too aware of the mistakes that she made – “I needed to do more. I didn’t do it at the time when it really mattered.”
Despite the heartbreak of the shattering loss, Stosur has vowed to keep pursuing her dream of winning the title in Paris, confident that her previous Grand Slam-winning abilities will shine through- “I still won a grand slam…I have obviously been capable of it….I’m going to come back next year and the year after and the year after. Hopefully one day I can win this tournament.”
Pragmatic about the losses that can happen to any professional in this sport, Stosur hopes that she will recover and learn important lessons from her failure today. With her next focus being the upcoming Wimbledon tournament, the Australian is looking forward to competing at the event, but is realistic about her chances of making it to the finals there. Despite making nine appearances in the British tournament, Stosur has only managed to win five matches and appeared in the third-round on just one occasion.
Although Stosur has overtaken former world number 1 Serena Williams in the rankings thanks to her success at reaching the last four of the French Open tournament, there is no guarantee as to whether officials at Wimbledon will seed her above Williams come June 25th. Stosur remains hopeful about the grass-court Grand Slam, however, telling reports that she hopes she can look forward to Wimbledon, and that the tournament will be “a chance to kind of redeem (herself) very quickly”.