Fifth seed Stosur knocked out of Wimbledon

Australian doom and gloom at Wimbledon was complete when Samantha Stosur became the highest seeded casualty at this year's championships, the women's number five losing 6-2 0-6 6-4 to Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus.

Sam Stosur slams her racket on the ground
Sam Stosur slams her racket on the ground

The US Open champion lost six games in a row to surrender the first set before reeling off six on the spin to take the match into a decider but never looked comfortable and failed to claw back a 3-0 deficit despite saving two match points.

Of the four Australian men and five women to start in the main singles draws, Stosur was the only player to win a match - although her defeat was hardly a surprise give her poor record on grass. Stosur saved two match points trailing 5-3, one of them with a sensational winner to end a fierce baseline rally, and looked poised to level at 5-5 as she led 40-15 on serve but crumbled, slicing a backhand into the bottom of the net to hand the 72nd-ranked Rus victory.

"I'm very happy with this win today, especially on the grass, as I haven't won a match in the main draw before," said Rus.

"It was very nice to play on Court One. I hope to play the same again in the next round also and we will see what happens."

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