Stosur's Strong Stanford Start
Published July 28, 2010 12:00
STANFORD, CA, USA - World No.5 Samantha Stosur made a strong start to her Bank of the West Classic campaign on Wednesday, surviving some tense moments at the very end but making it by Christina McHale, 61 75.
Stosur, the No.1 seed at the first stop in the US Open Series, stormed through the first set in 23 minutes but the second set was a far more challenging 58 minutes, as American qualifier McHale held serve through 5-all, getting broken there to give Stosur a chance to serve for the match at 6-5. The Australian fell behind 0-40 and eventually fended off four break points to close it out.
"I thought I played quite well today for my first match in a few weeks," Stosur said. "I had a good break. It was nice to get away from it all and have a bit of a rest before coming over here for the summer hardcourt season."
Stosur is now through to the quarterfinals in Stanford for the fourth straight try, her best result being the semis last year, where she fell to Marion Bartoli.
In the first match of the day, No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska continued her quiet assault through the draw, winning a topsy turvy first set then cruising to victory over qualifier Olga Savchuk, 76(4) 62. Radwanska let go of 3-1 and 5-3 leads then had to rally from 2-4 in the breaker to take the first set.
"In the beginning I wasn't playing very well, but once I got to the second set I started playing much better," Radwanska said. "Playing the qualifying can help someone get used to the courts more, but it can go the other way too, because they'll be more tired from playing more matches. I'm happy to win today."
Later in the day, No.7 seed Yanina Wickmayer beat Dominika Cibulkova, 61 64, and No.2 seed Elena Dementieva rallied past Kimiko Date Krumm, 36 63 64. Date Krumm, who turns 40 later this year, lasted two hours and 14 minutes against Dementieva, playing 200 points with her - she won 94 of them.
"Kimiko was hitting the ball very flat. I don't remember ever playing someone who hits the ball like that," Dementieva said. "It's amazing how well she's playing. She's in great shape. She's a great athlete. It was very interesting."
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