Samantha Stosur eliminated as top seeds fall at Volvo Car Open
Former champions and top seeds are falling quickly at the Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island.
Samantha Stosur, who won here in 2010 and was seeded sixth this year, was knocked off by No. 10 seed Irina-Camelia Begu in Thursday’s first match at Volvo Car Stadium.
Stosur, ranked No. 17, fell in straight sets by 7-5, 6-3 to Begu, a 26-year-old Romanian ranked No. 33.
Stosur’s loss means four of five former champions in the field have been eliminated, and five of the top six seeds are gone. That includes No. 2 seed Johanna Konta, who withdrew before the tournament with an injured shoulder.
With winds gusting Thursday after Wednesday night’s storms, Stosur had trouble finding the range against Begu, who has won three career WTA Tour titles.
“That’s probably as hard as it gets,” said the 33-year-old Aussie. “I mean if it’s like that at home, I don’t hit or go indoors, because it’s very hard to get any sort of rhythm. And obviously it’s hard for both of us, but yeah, I just felt like she was able to get the ball through the court a little bit more and really have me on the back foot, which made life really difficult.”
No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki faces the possibility of playing two matches Thursday, if she can get by Annika Beck. Then, the 2011 VCO champ would face qualifer Anastasia Rodionova later in the day. Wozniack’s match with Beck was postponed by rain Wednesday.
Charleston’s Shelby Rogers, making her deepest run yet at her hometown tournament, faces 19-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan in Thursday night’s feature match.
Check back for more on this developing story.