Australian tennis greats Samantha Stosur is uncertain whether she played her last singles match at Wimbledon after suffering a gallant first round loss on her 17th trip to the All England Club.
Still, the veteran’s wild card, who lost 6-1 5-7 6-3 to American Shelby Rogers on Tuesday night, is adamant retirement is not on the agenda.
The 37-year-old mum staged a brave comeback, fending off three match points against love at 40 to 4-5 in the second set, to tie the game.
But the 2011 US Open champion was unable to convert the momentum from a break of serve early in the third set to her first Wimbledon singles victory since 2018.
When asked if she thought this might be her last Wimbledon singles match, Stosur laughed: “Well, I’d better start winning a few games to make sure I get in.”
“I don’t know, I’m not sure. If I can play another one then I would obviously love to be back here at Wimbledon, ”she said.
“If that can happen, that would be great.
“But otherwise, it was a good fight here to leave my singles.
“But I hope to be here a little longer in doubles and mixed so we’ll see how much time goes between now and Wimbledon next year.
“I’m not sitting here today announcing my retirement, that’s for sure.
“I still plan to play the rest of the year as much as I can through the US Open and will definitely assess things by the end of American swing and see where I am.”
Stosur is a former women’s and mixed doubles champion on the sacred London lawns, but it was another early singles outing for Australia’s only women’s singles winner in New York in the past half century, who might regret his modest record at SW19.
Despite all his class and credentials, Stosur has won just 12 games in 17 main draw appearances at Wimbledon.
Eight losses in the first round, six outings in the second round and no attempt for the second week is a far cry from his four forays in the semi-finals of Roland Garros in Paris and an appearance in the clay final at Roland Garros to accompany his incredible title triumph of Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows ten years ago.
“A bit of a roller coaster of emotions,” Stosur said of his latest near miss.
“I felt like I was almost out, and then I ended up leaving the field disappointed that I didn’t win because I had taken an early break in the third.”