WTA Diary: Monday, August 27, 2012
Published August 27, 2012 08:14
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On Monday, Samantha Stosur gave a swift rebuttal to the suggestion that she could struggle under the added weight of expectation that accompanies a defending Slam champion, making short work of the potentially dangerous Petra Martic.
In fact, so swift was her 61 61 victory that she even managed to make it back into the locker room before Flushing Meadows was engulfed in a biblical storm that wiped out much of the afternoon session.
End Of An Era
Impressive as Stosur was, it is fair to say that after being placed in the same quarter as World No.1 Victoria Azarenka, Cincinnati champ Li Na and Kim Clijsters trickier tests lie in wait.
For Clijsters, this visit to New York will be her last - as a player, at least! - as retirement beckons at the end of fortnight. And with her time on the WTA sadly drawing to a close, a few of her peers paid tribute to one of tennis' most popular champions.
To make the most of her WTA swan song, Kim has given herself a packed schedule in New York; in addition to the singles, she has also signed up for the doubles (with Kirsten Flipkens) and the mixed. And she will be doing all this in a snazzy, stars and striped inspired number put together by Fila.
Ever wonder what Kim and the rest of the WTA's finest do in the week leading up to a Slam? Well, wonder no longer.
*At (sort of) golf.
They may have seven (and that's just in singles) US Open trophies between them, but it turns out that Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin and Lindsay Davenport just weren't that memorable during their time in the Big Apple.