Samantha Stosur: 'I did choke'

Samantha Stosur of Australia during her second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 16, 2013
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Samantha Stosur admits that she choked a bit while losing a 5-2 lead against Zheng Jie.

Samantha Stosur has admitted that she did choke a little as she lost a 5-2 lead in the final set against Zheng Jie.

The Australian crashed out in front of her home crowd, despite opening up a commanding lead.

The ninth seed, who has never been beyond the fourth round at her home Grand Slam, says that the pressure can make it difficult.

"I got tight, and then you start missing some balls," she said.

"You probably think a little bit too much. You do it over and over again, and then yeah, you start not wanting to miss, rather than wanting to hit a winner.

"I just didn't want to make an error. At 5-2 up in the third, a double-break is a bit of a choke, yeah."

Zheng will go on to play Julia Goerges in round three.

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