Fiji Time: 7:20 AM on Monday 25 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Stosur falls in Paris

Aap
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

PARIS- Samantha Stosur gave tournament favourite Maria Sharapova an almighty scare before bowing out of the French Open with a three-set defeat in the fourth round.

The Australian 19th seed blew a one-set lead as the Russian prevailed 3-6 6-4 6-0 in an epic Roland Garros encounter lasting just over two hours on Sunday.

Stosur missed an opportunity to capitalise on a wide-open women's draw after the top three seeds failed to reach the last 16.

However, she will take some encouragement at reaching the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in two years.

The 30-year-old had won only two of 15 previous encounters with Sharapova.

Stosur edged ahead when she converted a fourth break point to take a 4-3 lead.

She fought hard to hold serve before breaking again in 48 minutes when Sharapova double faulted.

The Russian took a 2-0 lead.

But Stosur held serve then broke back when Sharapova double faulted again.

Stosur kept her nose in front and looked a strong chance of victory at 4-3 up on serve.

Stosur's exit ends Australian involvement in singles at Roland Garros this year.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Short-lived term as Kumar moves to Parliament
  2. 13 stitches later
  3. Contestants announced
  4. 'Back home to invest'
  5. Ice cream hold-up
  6. Immigrants 'dealt with accordingly'
  7. HIV/ AIDS
  8. Plan to take Fiji forward
  9. Police charge four men for robbery
  10. Medals for heroes

Top Stories this Week

  1. Heroes of the night Friday (22 May)
  2. USA wins London 7s Monday (18 May)
  3. Dream run Tuesday (19 May)
  4. Champions Monday (18 May)
  5. Tuwai wins top award Tuesday (19 May)
  6. Payout for team Thursday (21 May)
  7. Top cop foils robbery attempt Friday (22 May)
  8. Ratu Naiqama suspended Friday (22 May)
  9. Behind closed doors Tuesday (19 May)
  10. Probe on officials Wednesday (20 May)