Stosur sets sights on Olympics

Offering no excuses for her latest Wimbledon flop, Samantha Stosur is backing Australia's Olympic spirit to fire up the country's crestfallen tennis aces.

In the country's worst grand slam showing, Stosur was the only member of Australia's nine-strong contingent to make the second round at Wimbledon.

But the US Open champion's 6-2 0-6 6-4 loss to Arantxa Rus on Wednesday left her hungry to return to the All England Club for a shot at redemption at next month's London Games.

"The Olympics, we all take great pride in playing for our country and being part of that," Stosur said.

"Hopefully we'll be able to turn it around for that."

Partnering Casey Dellacqua at the Olympics, the pair are still alive in the Wimbledon doubles and the world No.5 says a grand slam remains the best preparation - even if she's out of the singles.

In an eerily-similar defeat to which she experienced in the French Open semi-finals as a hot favourite, Stosur dropped the first set after being up an early break, roared back to take the second in commanding fashion only to lapse again in the decider.

Like Paris, Stosur fell 3-0 behind in the third set, recovered to get back on serve, then faltered again to succumb and rue what might have been.

"Tennis can always go like that," she said.

"After you win a set 6-love, you think you definitely have the momentum.

"Then all of a sudden, you're quickly down in the third. That's the way it goes."

So for the ninth time in 10 Wimbledon campaigns, Stosur was unable to make the third round.

"I still love playing here at Wimbledon, but obviously it hasn't been my very best tournament," said the vanquished fifth seed.

"It's just disappointing because you want to do well here. It's a great tournament.

"Overall, I'm happier with the way it's gone this year - still disappointed. I think it can and probably should be better.

"At least this time I feel like I came out and gave myself a chance to win and felt a little more clear with what I wanted to do and tried to stick to those plans rather than going down a few games and panicking and thinking it's all gone.

"There's certainly things I can take away from it. Maybe one positive is that the Olympics are coming up and I've got more time to get better on this surface.

"Next year comes around - you do it again."