Samantha Stosur reacts after dropping a point.
Samantha Stosur reacts after dropping a point.

Stosur falls apart on home soil again

TENNIS: Samanth Stosur has made another early exit from her home tournament, losing her first-round match at the Brisbane International.

No. 7 seed Anastasija Sevastova took just over an hour to defeat the Queenslander convincingly 6-1 6-3.

The Latvian had a more dominant service game, while Stosur failed to convert any of her five break-point opportunities and committed 20 unforced errors compared to her opponent's 12.

Stosur lost a last-ditch attempt to remain in the match during the penultimate game when she challenged an out call only for hawkeye to reveal she had hit the ball wide by the tiniest of margins, bringing a wry smile to the Australian's face.

Stosur has never made it past the second round in Brisbane in eight appearances.

The 33-year-old, ranked No. 41 in the world, spent much of her pre-season training on the Gold Coast with coach Josh Eagle.

She missed three months of the 2017 season after suffering a hand injury at the French Open, where she lost in the fourth round to eventual champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Sevastova celebrates her victory.
Sevastova celebrates her victory.

Earlier Sunday, Alize Cornet, the 2017 Brisbane runner-up, advanced after No. 4 seed and fellow Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia quit their first-round match in tears at the start of the deciding set with the scores at 6-3 3-6.

Garcia cited lower back pain as the reason for her withdrawal but said she did not believe it was the same injury that has troubled her previously.

She remained hopeful her Australian Open campaign was not in doubt.

"It's in two weeks so it's a long time. For sure I'll have a meeting with the team and see how it goes," Garcia said.



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