Stosur's singles campaign over

Published 10 August 2016 (AEDT)

Samantha Stosur in action against Germany's Angelique Kerber. © 2016 Getty Images

TENNIS: Samantha Stosur’s fourth Olympic singles campaign ended in Rio tonight in the third round at the hands of German world number two Angelique Kerber 6-0 7-5 but she departs with her best ever result in the competition.

Whilst many of the opening set games were tight, Stosur was unable to capitalise and the German raced away with the opening set.

“Obviously the first set really got away from me, four out of the six games went to deuce but I wasn’t able to make any in-roads,” said Stosur.

“I felt that I was always playing catch-up so that made things really hard.

“The second set I tried to change things a little bit and I started to get myself into the match, which was great, and then obviously that 5-4 game was huge but you can’t have a game like that and then let her off by losing serve, especially when they are a quality player like she is.

“I am pretty clear on what is happening out there but I need to execute better and do a few things a little bit differently, but she is no slouch.

“The first set was really disappointing but I can at least be happy about the way that I was able to claw things back and kind of get myself back into the match there in the second set.”

Stosur’s previous best at the Olympics was the second round, so she was pleased to better that in Rio but admitted that she hadn’t even given competing in Tokyo a thought.

“I can’t say I am expecting to be in Tokyo but if I can stay healthy and do what I am doing then I don’t see why not, but I am not really thinking about Tokyo at this point in time,” said Stosur.

“It is a great experience. I have loved the four Olympics that I have been able to be a part of so far.”

With Stosur’s singles competition now over, she now turns her attention to the mixed doubles competition, which begins tomorrow, where she will partner John Peers against the fourth seeds Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna from India.

“I have played Sania in doubles a bunch of times, but I have never played Rohan (Bopanna),” said Stosur.

“John and I played the Aussie Open and Wimbledon together, we haven’t set the world on fire but this is the week!”

The mixed doubles team of Stosur and Peer are the only live entry remaining for Australia in the Olympic tennis competition.

Jo Banning

olympics.com.au

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