Stosur: Better attitude key to success at Wimbledon

Thursday, June 27, 2013 /by
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Samantha Stosur admits that in previous years at Wimbledon she came in with the wrong attitude. The Australian, who won the 2011 U.S. Open, had a 4-9 record at the event coming into the 2013 Wimbledon and has only reached the third round once in 10 prior appearances. Armed with a big serve and forehand she made to do it the third round again on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Puchkova.

The 14th-seeded Stosur said that losing at Roland Garros prior to Wimbledon affected her at the All England Club in past years.

“I think in previous years especially a couple of my losses there were really hard for me to take,” said Stosur. “I probably didn't quite maybe get over those as quickly as I needed to. Then I came here on the grass and found it more difficult and then everything just kind of snowballed. So I don't feel like I've allowed that to happen this time.”

Stosur also said that mixing up her serve and trying to flatten out her forehand has helped.

“I think it's easy for me to try and play like I'm on clay still or even on a hard court where you try and hit with lots of spin and it doesn't really so much on this surface,” she said. “So this time I've probably just been doing it a bit better. I love grass now, so it's all going well.”

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