New York: It wasn’t bad enough that Samantha Stosur was told to take a bus to the US Open, but then she had to give up her practice court to Serena Williams.
The 2011 champion has endured that sort of week at Flushing Meadows but she had some choice words for organisers on Thursday about the Grand Slam slaps in the face she has suffered. “It’s a Grand Slam. It’s one of the biggest tournaments in the world. You got to be able to provide transport to players when they need it,” Stosur said. “It’s not just me. There have been many players in that situation.”
The 31-year-old Australian shook off the annoyances of practice scheduling and transportation to rout Russia’s 94th-ranked Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 6-1 and book a third-round date with Italian 16th seed Sara Errani.
Stosur was also left fuming after being asked to switch her practice location when Williams wanted to hustle out to practice courts after serving poorly in her second-round victory. “She kicked me off my practice court,” Stosur said. “A few issues, but it’s all right. I had 45 minutes (booked) yesterday. I went on three different courts, so not ideal.”