Samantha Stosur’s Wimbledon blues have continued with another premature exit from the grasscourt showpiece.
Stosur fell victim to the awesome power and precision of 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki on Thursday to crash out with a 6-4 6-2 second-round defeat.
Australia’s former US Open champion has now only managed to venture beyond round two three times in 14 visits to the All England Club.
Undermined by eight double-faults, Stosur departed after just 70 and minutes.
Having lost to Lisicki during the German’s charge to the final three years ago, Stosur was prepared for what was coming – but proved powerless to stop her once again.
A three-time semi-finalist in addition to her runner-up showing, Lisicki is a genuine Wimbledon specialist and showed just why as she delivered a grasscourt clinic.
While Stosur was plagued by doubles, Lisicki – owner of the fastest recorded serve in women’s tennis history – was nigh on untouchable on her monster delivery.
The German hammered six aces and lost just two of 22 points on serve in the opening set after breaking Stosur in the first game of the match.
Stosur again dropped serve in the opening game of the second set before Lisicki suffered her one and only lapse to allow the Australian to level at 1-1.
The let-off was brief, though, as Lisicki fired down the fastest serve of the championships – a 196kph rocket – and continued to pound winners from all parts of the court to reel off three straight games and take full command.
Lisicki signed off with her 11th and 12th aces in holding to love in closing out the contest.