“I do all the things that you need to do, doesn’t necessarily unfortunately seem to come off here for me. Whereas, you know, other tournaments around different places, whatever else, it seems to be a little bit easier for me,” Stosur said.
“I don’t think [pressure] is the issue. Obviously, it’s a little bit different, no doubt, I think all the Aussies would feel it. Some thrive on it, some find it a little bit harder.
“I don’t use that as a reason or an excuse or anything like that. There’s certainly been years in the past where I did struggle with that. But at the moment I don’t think it’s that.
“I think the conditions I find really hard with these courts and balls. I just don’t get the same reward off the court as what I do outside of Australia. I find that difficult every single time.”
The veteran former US Open winner’s opponent this time was 18-year-old American qualifier Catherine McNally, who triumphed 6-1, 6-4.
“Whether you’re a qualifier, last person in the draw, or Rafa, Roger, Serena, I think everyone is nervous in the first round. Everyone gets a bit of nerves in every single match. If you don’t, then there’s probably something wrong with you. You’re pretty abnormal I think if you’re not going to feel anything,” she said.
“I think it’s just one of those things you want to get your way in. Once you kind of, for a lot of players, get that first match, maybe a second match, things just seem a whole lot easier sometimes.”