Local hopes at the Australian Open have unfortunately suffered a blow overnight, as homegrown heroes Samantha Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt have both been knocked out of the competition.
Stosur played a stunning match against American star Coco Vandewghe last night at the Rod Laver Arena, however her play was sadly not enough to claim victory against the world’s number 37 – Stosur was knocked out 6-4, 6-4. Stosur’s loss followed fellow Australian women’s contenders Casey Dellacqua and Ajla Tomljanovic.
Veteran Lleyton Hewitt also had an unfortunate night in Melbourne yesterday as he fell to Germany’s Benjamin Becker after a killer two-set lead, finishing up 2-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
We salute you two legends. :’)
Hewitt, plot twist, has made a surprising statement that could hint at an upcoming retirement, after failing to definitively confirm his potential 20th tour at next year’s Australian Open, saying, “I don’t know. As I’ve said the whole time — I haven’t been kidding anyone — really, I don’t know. I’ve just tried to focus on what I’ve wanted to do, to get the best out of myself (at the Australian Open) this year. I’ll sit back and assess everything after this tournament.”
Could this be the end of Hewy (is that a thing?) at the Aussie Open?!
In any case, we’re looking to you, Bernard Tomic, Sam Groth and Nick Kyrgios.
Do us bloody proud.
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