Stosur says she 'choked' in match against China's Zheng

Sam Stosur of Australia walks off court after losing her second round match against Jie Zheng of China during day three of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Sam Stosur of Australia walks off court after losing her second round match against Jie Zheng of China during day three of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Robert Prezioso / Getty Images

SAMANTHA Stosur admitted she might have "choked" after another shattering loss at the Australian Open yesterday.

Her latest loss, this time to Chinese world no. 40 Jie Zheng on Rod Laver Arena 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, continued her horror run at her home tournament, the 2011 US Open champion having never gone beyond round four in 11 attempts at Melbourne Park.

Ninth seed Stosur looked to have the match firmly in her grasp after fighting back from only to lose her serve twice after being 5-2 up in the final set to allow Zheng, who beat Stosur in Sydney last week, to fight back and take the match.

Poignantly the Aussie's ninth double fault sealed the win for her Chinese opponent.

The odds were stacked against Stosur when she dropped the opening set after 54 minutes.

The Queenslander had won only six grand slam matches from 37 tries after losing the first set and also fell victim to Zheng last week in Sydney.

Stosur said she was obviously disappointed to have lost the game, especially after dominating the second and most of the final sets.

"Obviously it's a pretty hard one to take when you get yourself well and truly into a winning position playing really quite well," she said.

"Then all of a sudden you get to 52 and you lose five games straight."

Stosur said she had plenty going through her mind at 5-2 up in the final set but she knew what she wanted to do but just could not execute it.

"Oh, I think it's 100% (a mental thing)," she said.

"I think, yeah, that's what it was. I got tight and then you start missing some balls.

"You probably think a little bit too much. You do it over and over and over again, and then, yeah, you start not wanting to miss rather than wanting to make the winner.

"Instead, it's I don't want to make the error."

Asked if she choked, Stosur said: "I don't know. Whatever word you want to put on it. At 52 up in the third, double break probably is a bit of a choke, yeah."

Topics:  australian open samantha stosur tennis

Destructive supercell could be headed to our region

The North Coast Storm Chasers posted this image along with the warning.

North Coast Storm Chasers are predicting severe weather conditions

Huge line-up of entertainment on this Jacaranda weekend

The Rocky Horror Dinner and Show is set for the Grafton District Service Club on Saturday night.

Entertainment hots up as Jacaranda fever strikes

Grant to manage Maclean flying foxes

Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis and Clarence Valley Council Mayor Jim Simmons talk at the bottom of Hillcrest where the bats population has taken over the trees. Clarence Valley Council has received a grant from the state government to manage the bat population in the area.

Clarence Valley Council receives grant to manage Maclean bats.

Local Partners

Ken Done to relive childhood in homecoming author talk

RENOWNED Australian artist Ken Done will visit Maclean, where he spent five years of his childhood, for an author talk.

Sister's leukaemia fight inspires Courtney to get UGLY

Courtney and Siobhan Hoy.

Top prizes include two days labour from Grafton Ghosts captain-coach

New app provides guide to blooming jacarandas

JACA TRAIL: The new map app.

Council introduces electronic tour guide in time for visitor influx

Calliope turns into caravan city for country muster

A small part of the caravan city at Wendy Gordon's Calliope property for the Clarence Valley Country Music Muster.

Four years ago Calliope resident Wendy Gordon had a vision ...

Kasey Chambers' life-changing year

Kasey Chambers will perform at the Grafton District Services Club on November 5.

Kasey Chambers in fine voice and spirit

Double Shot of a Jaca tradition

YOUR SHOT: Just like the good ol' days Double Shot will bring the Jacaranda Hotel car park to life this Jacaranda Thursday, November 3.

Dancing in streets at the Jacaranda Hotel for Jaca's big day

Grafton does the Time Warpt again

The Time Warpt Dinner and Show is set for the Grafton District Services Club on Saturday night.

Rocky Horror dinner show comes back to Grafton

Hits from the stage and screen played live

AFTERNOON DELIGHT: The Clarence Valley Orchestra and Chorus on stage at the Saraton at this year's Anzac concert. Their much-anticipated An Afternoon at the Proms is on this Sunday with special guest Sound of Music star Nicholas Hammond.

From Star Wars to Ben Hur, the Proms is all about TV and movies.

Tom Cruise credits success to Scientology

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise credits his success to Scientology

Hacksaw Ridge leads AACTA Awards nominations

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

MEL Gibson's wartime drama opens in cinemas next week.

Unique riverfront home sells for almost $1M

SOLD: Ray White real estate agent Alan Bruchert has just put a new sticker on Maclean's most expensive house to sell in a decade.

Maclean's highest house sale this decade

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June