Australian Open 2012 – The Aussie women take to the court.

22 Jan


The big story – and perhaps THE story for the tournament was Sam Stosur. Coming in as the reigning US Open champion, a clinical demolition of Serena Williams in that final had the expectations high. Sam Stosur was everywhere in the lead up to AO 2012. The Newcombe medalist, the promotional posters, the front cover of the program, the face of all of Tennis Australia’s promotions. Too much expectation – and it proved to be. Her pre-tournament form was nothing short of totally inadequate with losses in Brisbane and Sydney. The writing was on the wall – and so it proved as Sam went down to Sorana Cirstea from Romania 7/6 6/3.

***I will follow up on the tough battle ALL players face – where expectations – whether from within or externally through their support network can hamper performance – and look at ways to deal with this. The Pro.

Re-born Aussie Jelena Dokic brushed aside her woeful lead up tournament form and put in a strong performance against former top tenner – and also on a comeback player Anna Chakvetadze from Russia. Dokic won 6/2 6/1 to set up  a meeting with the quirky French women Marion Bartoli, who is more wind-up than doll. Young Aussies Isabella Holland and Bojana Bobusic were outclassed. Holland by Shahar Peer and Bobusic by Angelique Kerber. Another disappointing result was Jarmilia Gaijdosova, who despite the tough draw of Maria Kirilenko in the first round would have had high expectations as she was knocking on the door of a top 20 WTA ranking only last year.


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