Samantha Stosur admits she choked to send China's Zheng Jie through

Zheng was never going to be a pushover. Once ranked 15 in the world with four career singles titles to her name, she has slipped to 40 but had the measure of Stosur in the first set.

updated: January 16, 2013 15:55 IST
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Melbourne: Australian world number nine Samantha Stosur's horror run at her home Grand Slam continued Wednesday, and she admitted she choked in the final set to hand victory to China's Zheng Jie.

The 2011 US Open champion has never ventured beyond the fourth round in 11 visits to Melbourne Park and she threw away the last five games in a nervy and hard-fought second round clash.

Stosur, who suffered first-round flops at WTA events in Brisbane and Sydney this year, was leading 5-2 in the third but collapsed in front of her home fans and double-faulted to give Zheng victory 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

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