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Samantha Stosur ousted in first round

Updated: January 17, 2012, 10:25 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The pressure of coming into the Australian Open as a Grand Slam winner proved too much for Sam Stosur.

The reigning U.S. Open champion crashed out in the first round, beaten 7-6 (2), 6-3 by Sorana Cirstea in front of her home crowd at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. Her bid to end a 34-year drought for Australian women at the Australian Open was in tatters on just the second day of the tournament.

As Stosur spoke to the media afterward, her eyes appeared ...

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