10 Jan 2012

Stosur crashes out of the Sydney International

1:39 pm on 10 January 2012

The Australian tennis player Samantha Stosurhas made a first-round exit from the Sydney International.

Italian Francesca Schiavone has sent Australia's US Open champion packing with a 6-2 6-4 defeat at Sydney Olympic Park.

The straight-sets loss followed Stosur's second-round departure from last week's Brisbane International and left the world number six alarmingly short of match practice heading into the season's first grand slam event, the Australian Open, starting on Monday.