Stosur's Wimbledon fortunes take a turn
06/26/2012 10:23:48 PM
It has taken just one win for Australia's reigning US Open champion Sam Stosur to surge back into Wimbledon calculations ahead of her second-round clash against Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus at the All-England Club on Wednesday night (Australian time).
Stosur headed into the tournament with a major query over her grass court credentials having lost in the first round last year and having reached the third round just once from nine previous attempts despite her stellar record at the other Grand Slam tournaments, which includes winning the 2011 US Open.
As a result Stosur opened a $34 chance to win the tournament at TAB Sportsbet but after her impressive first round demolition in just over an hour of Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-3 on the opening day, Stosur has firmed into $15 to win her first Wimbledon, putting the Aussie No.5 seed on the sixth line of betting.
Stosur has also firmed from $34 to $26 to win the Ladies' singles crown at sportsbet.com.au but she remains a $34 chance at Centrebet.
The Queenslander's chances of a long-awaited breakthrough at Wimbledon also increased when five-time champion Venus Williams who is in Stosur's quarter - was a shock first-day casualty.
Stosur is a hot favourite to win her second round clash against 72nd-ranked Rus at $1.06 at sportsbet.com.au with Rus at $8 while Stosur is $1.25 to get the job done in straight sets and $5 to win by two sets to one.
And despite Stosur being famous for often struggling when a hot favourite as best demonstrated by her shock loss to Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone in the 2010 French Open Final and rising to the occasion when underdog, as shown by her incredible win over Serena Williams on American soil on the anniversary of 9/11 at the 2011 US Open Final, her Wimbledon draw suddenly looks promising.
If she gets past Rus then Stosur would face either China's No.30 seed Shuai Peng or Japan's Ayumi Morita who beat Australia's Jarmilla Gajdosova in straight sets in the opening round - in Round 3 ahead of a winnable fourth-round showdown against most likely either China's No.11 seed Li Na or Russian glamour girl and No.17 seed Maria Kirilenko.