Samantha Stosur deserves much credit for perseverance as she makes her 14th appearance at Wimbledon, even though the nuances of playing tennis on grass have eluded her throughout her long and illustrious career.
In 23 matches at the All England Club, she has won only 10. She has a golden opportunity when she meets world number 93 Magda Linette in the attempt to avoid adding to her six first-round Wimbledon losses.
Stosur is as baffled as anyone as to why she has had such difficulty adjusting to the grass surface. Tennis experts feel that Stosur’s kick serve, so devastating a weapon on clay and hard courts, is ineffective on grass, rendering her unable to take the aggressive serve and volley route that is a primary aspect of her game.
Certainly, no one could dispute that playing only a few time per year on grass has impacted Stosur, but the same could be said of any professional tennis player as the game of lawn tennis is slowly but inexorably going the route of the dinosaurs, well, without the devastating, habitat destroying meteor strike.
Stosur has reinvigorated her ranking, improving 12 spots from 27th to 15th and the Wimbledon draw has been kind to her this time around. She does not have to play any of the top 16 until the third round at the earliest.