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The word “choking” may be an unfamiliar term to tennis fans, but if you’ve played tennis, you would definitely be accustomed to the feeling of tension and the “short arm.” That is when you experience choking, which is a physical response to the mental state you are in.
A couple of months ago at the 2010 French Open women’s singles final, Samantha Stosur most likely choked in her loss to Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-4 7-6(2). She was a heavy favourite to win the title after having taken out Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Serena Williams, who are all former World No.1’s. Stosur’s decision to follow Rafael Nadal’s unorthodox stringing system drew the ultimate compliment when Jankovic claimed the Queenslander “plays like a man.”
Australia’s most recent French Open women’s singles champion was Margaret Court, who triumphed 37 years ago in 1973. The current World No. 5 has done Australia proud by reaching the final, but the question that still belies Stosur is that is she mentally tough enough to win a Grand Slam one day?