Stosur knocked out of US Open
WORLD No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki has ended Samantha Stosur's US Open campaign before it really started.
Undone by eight double-faults and 34 unforced errors, Stosur crashed to a 6-3 6-2 first-round loss to the reigning Australian Open champion in more oppressive heat at Flushing Meadows.
Champion in 2011, Stosur missed last year's event with a wrist injury and lasted just 84 minutes on Tuesday, leaving Ashleigh Barty, Daria Gavrilova, Ajla Tomljanovic and Lizette Cabrera to fly the Australian flag in the women's singles.
Up against the game's steadiest player, Stosur had stressed the importance of striking a balance between controlled aggression and loose tennis.
But she was unable to deliver on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the sport's biggest stage, where she brought down the great Serena Williams in the final seven years ago.
Stosur made a confident enough start, firing down two aces to open the match. But after an easy first service hold, the veteran dropped three straight games to fall behind 3-1.
The world No. 67 fought hard to retrieve the break and level the set up at 3-3, only to cough up three double-faults in a horror service game to all but hand Wozniacki the first set.
Stosur did well to hold serve after an epic 18-point fourth game of the second set but was broken for 4-2 and then, somewhat appropriately, dropped serve to love with her eighth double-fault on match point.