Sam Stosur’s grass court campaign has got off to a disappointing start less than a week before Wimbledon with the world No.16 losing 6-2 6-1 to Caroline Wozniacki in the second round of the Eastbourne International.
Stosur, seeded seventh for the traditional final hit-out before the third grand slam of the year at the All England club, hadn’t played since her French Open semi-final defeat to Garbine Mugurunza on June 3.
Former world No.1 Wozniacki is on the comeback trail following an ankle injury that forced her out of Roland Garros but was playing in her third grass court event in as many weeks.
The benefit of that experience showed as the Dane strolled to victory in 68 minutes.
Fifth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova insists her confidence is “pretty good” despite recent poor results as she advanced to the third round.
Kvitova, who has reached just one semi-final this year, beat Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4 7-6 (7-5).
The two-time Wimbledon champion broke in the first set to lead 5-4 against Babos but then had to fight off two break points as she closed out the set.
Former top-ranked junior Kristina Mladenovic of France upset fourth-seeded Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 6-1 7-5.