What do Sam Stosur and Steve Bradbury have in common?

6 Jun

Whilst maybe a little tongue in cheek, there is something about Sam Stosur’s run at this years women’s singles at the French Open that brought back memories of Australia’s first gold medal at the Winter Olympics. Check out the clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z6GnUTVAF0

Bradbury, of course was the ultimate journeyman. He coached at the local rink and even made his own skates. His success came by playing the percentages – stay at the back, stay out of trouble, but stay close enough to exert some pressure on the more-fancied skaters – and wham down they ALL went.

And whilst it appears everyone is falling over in the women’s draw – as I write the event has lost previous French Open title-holders in Venus and Serena Williams, Li Na, and Francesca Schiavone. To add to that list we have also seen the exit of current WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka, former #1 Jelena Jankovic as well as seeded players such as Lucie Safarova, Maria Kirilenko and Jie Zheng among many others.

Australia’s Samantha Stosur, despite her stature – and her propensity to sometimes go missing on the big stage – is standing tall. She is a bona-fide member of the WTA top 10. A multiple slam doubles winner, a US Open singles title-holder and a French Open runner-up. She has worked very hard on her game, her fitness and her mental strength. She is playing her best tennis – and is capable of winning on her terms. Her semi-final opponent is the diminuitive Italian Sara Errani. Errani’s success at Roland Garros have elevated her to be Italy’s new #1 ranked player, pushing ahead of Francesca Schiavone. She has had difficulty at this level – having lost 28 times in a row previously to top 10 players. She also has a head to head against Stosur of 5 losses no wins – all straight sets for Stosur.

In a topsy turvy singles draw the signs all point to Stosur to get through to her second French Open final. Unless she falls over….

The PRO

 

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