Sam Stosur lost her semifinal match against Garbine Mugzura, halting her quest to win the French Open, but it should provide some solace that world number four Mugzura was the eventual champion and beat no less than Serena Williams to clinch the win.
It appeared that her supply of energy was depleted by the level of tennis she had to produce to get as far as she did, and the stress of competing against a player who was only six years old when Stosur played her first professional match showed in a 6 – 2 6 – 4 loss.
The match was less than 20 minutes old when Stosur saw herself standing in a red clay hole of a 4 – 0 deficit and the first set belonged to Mugzura after only 34 minutes. Stosur has nor fared well when losing the first set of a Grand Slam tournament. Of 50 appearances in top-level events, she has won only six matches after dropping the first set.
On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic finally won a French Open. He dropped the first set to Andy Murray, and then conducted a clinic in winning the next three sets whilst losing only seven games.
The win gave Djokovic an elusive career grand slam and he has aspirations of making it a calendar grand slam after winning the Australian Open in January.