Sam Stosur, a long-term popular figure at Devonshire Park, made a short-lived visit to the traditional Wimbledon warm-up tournament and swiftly blasted grass following her exit.
The Australian No.1, who has only twice negotiated her way past the 2nd Round at Wimbledon in her past dozen attempts, explained: “Only a small percentage of players would say that grass is their favourite surface, and I’m not one of those – clay’s a surface that I really enjoy playing on.”
The 31-year-old former Doubles world #1, who hasn’t registered a victory on grass in over a year, was put on the 2015 Aegon International scrapheap by Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova on Tuesday following a straight set reversal.
Stosur added: “Instead of taking the two weeks off after Wimbledon, like I usually do, I seem to have taken them before.
“But I’m still confident I can play well and get some wins at Wimbledon. Who knows if that’s going to happen? At least I’m confident that I can do that.”
The ex-US Open champion goes into Wimbledon with just one match under her belt on the green surface, but less of a chance of making the impact at SW19 that she was capable of a few seasons ago.