Tennis

Published: Monday June 23, 2014 MYT 9:48:20 PM
Updated: Monday June 23, 2014 MYT 9:48:20 PM

Stosur's Wimbledon adventure over on day one

Samantha Stosur of Australia hits a return to Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium during their women's singles tennis match against  at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 23, 2014.   REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Samantha Stosur of Australia hits a return to Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium during their women's singles tennis match against at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur's unhappy union with Wimbledon continued on Monday as the Australian became the highest seed to fall by the wayside on the opening day, going down 6-3 6-4 against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.

Cheered on by compatriot and four-time grand slam champion Kim Clijsters from the stands, Wickmayer dominated play from the baseline to leave the 17th seed chasing shadows on a warm and sunny day at southwest London.

The result condemned Stosur to her sixth first-round exit at the grasscourt major, a tournament where she has failed to progress beyond the third round in 12 visits.

"(I'm) pretty annoyed about it, to be honest. I don't have an answer because I do feel I played well," the 30-year-old Australian said.

"That's that. I still think I'm a good enough player to get through first rounds here, and for whatever reasons it's not happening. It sucks."

Wickmayer will next face Croatia's Ana Konjuh for a place in the third round.

(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by David Goodman)

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