Samantha Stosur has overcome a shocking US Open snub to power her way into the third round in New York.
Forced to take a bus to Flushing Meadows for her day-off practice session after being denied a tournament courtesy car, Australia’s former champion hit back with a merciless 6-1 6-1 mauling of Russian Evgeniya Rodina on Thursday.
“When you are still in the tournament and you try and book a car and they say you can’t have one before 10 (o’clock) because you don’t have a match, I don’t think it’s good enough,” Stosur said.
“It’s not just me. There have been many players in that situation. It’s a grand slam. It’s one of the biggest tournaments in the world.
“You’ve got to be able to provide transport to players when they need it.”
The last player to beat Serena Williams in New York, Stosur said she suspected the American superstar wouldn’t have too much trouble accessing a courtesy car to the venue.
“She kicked me off my practice court yesterday, too. A few issues, but it’s all right,” said Stosur, trying to contain her frustration.
“Yeah, I had 45 minutes yesterday. I went on three different courts, so not ideal.
“There is obviously 200-something players here all wanting to practice and doing everything they need to prepare.
“You can only do what you can do. But, yeah, it would be nice to have 45 minutes without interruption.”
Being forced to take the bus and shoved around from practice court to practice court to accommodate Williams haven’t been the only issues for Stosur this week.
The scoreboard during her first-round win over Timea Babos listed her as Samantha Stososova.
The 2011 champion and former winner of the WTA’s sportsmanship award didn’t feel she’d been disrespected by officials, but wished for better treatment in the future.
“I’m not trying to make a big deal about it. It’s not just my situation. There are many players in the same boat,” Stosur said.
“I think it’s just a bad run of coincidences kind of the last couple of days. It’s just the way it is.
“I think they are always trying to improve and other parts of the tournament are fantastic.
“They are always looking to improve things and make facilities better and everything else.
“I understand it’s not easy to take care of so many people all the time but to run a tournament I’d be happy with good practice, transport, and laundry.”
Stosur’s shoddy treatment overshadowed an ominous performance from the 22nd seed.
The 31-year-old needed only 51 minutes to see off Rodina and book a date on Saturday with Italian 16th seed Sara Errani.