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Shock loss for Stosur

Brisbane: Former US Open champion Samantha Stosur conceded there was no magic solution to her problems on home courts after a shock loss to Sofia Arvidsson in the opening round of the Brisbane International on Monday.

The world No. 9 lost 6-7, 5-7 to the Swede five weeks after ankle surgery and only a fortnight before the Australian Open. “Just really disappointed again, leaving Brisbane so early,” Stosur said. “I think it was some good tennis and some pretty average tennis at times.”

Stosur said the surgery and the subsequent shortage of training had not played a part in her defeat. “I wasn’t going into the match thinking ‘Oh my God, I haven’t done this or that’... I gave myself every opportunity to try and play as well as I could but for sure, I have not practised enough.