Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Stosur Calls for More Humidity

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Stosur Calls for More Humidity

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TENNIS: Unseasonal cooler weather may work against the European contingent at the Brisbane International, Australian No.1 Samantha Stosur says.

Queensland's big wet has driven the average temperature down by up to seven degrees for this time of year, making it much more palatable for overseas players preparing for the tournament.

No.1 women's seed Stosur believes, however, that the conditions could work in her favour, as well as the other Australians in the draw, when Brisbane's pressure-cooker temperatures and humidity finally return next week.

"Obviously, the Europeans are coming from a very cold winter," Stosur said. "No doubt they have been hitting inside and they have to get used to this humidity.

"I'm not sure it's going to heat up a bit more, so hopefully I'll be a step ahead for the first week."

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said daily temperatures and the humidity would return to their seasonal average late in the tournament. …

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