Stosur First Seed to Fall at Wimbledon

Sam Stosur has become the first seed to fall at the Championships, going down to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 6-4 on Court 3. It was an extremely close match; the difference was Wickmayer’s break point conversion rate was much higher than Stosur’s, Wickmayer broke 4 times from 6 chances whilst Stosur only managed one break from four chances. Stosur was always chasing the game after going down an early break and was ultimately unable to recover from her lacklustre start to the match.

Sam Stosur was caught knapping in the opening couple of games, handing Wickmayer the ascendancy. The Australian number 17 seed would frame two forehands to go down 0-30 and would eventually be broken in her opening service game. Winners began to flow off the racquet of Wickmayer, consolidating the break to lead 2-0. From here both Ladies struggled to put any pressure on their opponents serve, Stosur beginning to serve particularly well. At 3-5 Stosur would serve to stay in the set, Wickmayer stepped up the aggression, breaking to take the set 6-3.

A much better start to the second set from Stosur, a backhand winner down the line would bring up two break points for the Australian. However Wickmayer would hold firm, reeling off 4 straight points to hold serve. Despite the disappointment of the previous game, Stosur would hold to love to keep the pressure on Wickmayer. It was in the sixth game that Wickmayer would go in for the kill, breaking Stosur to go up 4-2. When Wickmayer held to love to go up 5-2 it seemed like Stosur had nothing more to give. A gutsy comeback saw Stosur hold to love before breaking Wickmayer for the first time the match. Stosur's momentum was halted when she double faulted to start the tenth game, Wickmayer would fittingly break to finish off the match with a booming forehand winner.

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