Stosur Wins Opener
Published June 14, 2010 12:00
EASTBOURNE, England - Samantha Stosur rebounded from a loss in the French Open final with a solid win on Monday, beating Melanie Oudin in straight sets in the first round of the Premier-level AEGON International.
Stosur, seeded No.3 here, was playing Oudin for the first time and performed well, firing 10 aces and overcoming a 4-1 deficit in the second set to beat the determined American teenager in an hour and 15 minutes, 64 64.
"Things can turn around very quickly on grass," Stosur said of the second set momentum swing. "I'm very pleased with the match. Melanie had a great Wimbledon last year and plays well on grass. No match here is easy by any means, so I'm happy to get through that one in straight sets."
Although most players wouldn't call a runner-up finish at a Grand Slam a disappointment, Stosur's run at the French may have been somewhat of a letdown, given she defeated three No.1 players - Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic - en route to the final, then lost to No.17 seed Francesca Schiavone. But Monday's victory in Eastbourne, where she has been a semifinalist previously, got her back on a winning track.
Another player who has been one step from Grand Slam glory before, Marion Bartoli, was also a straight set winner. Bartoli, a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2007 and this week's No.8 seed, also rallied from a 4-1 second set deficit - staving off a point for 5-1, too - to defeat Vera Dushevina, 64 75. It was just the third win for the Frenchwoman in the pair's 10 career meetings.
In other first round matches on Day 1, Daniela Hantuchova beat Britain's Anne Keothavong, 64 62; María José Martínez Sánchez faced two break points at 5-all in the third but held on and broke in the last game to beat Vera Zvonareva, 63 36 75; Lucie Safarova outlasted Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 64 36 64; and Agnes Szavay edged Olga Govortsova, 36 62 76(2).