Sam-Wow: Stosur Races Into Round 3

Australian No.1 Sam Stosur was in top form on Rod Laver Arena Thursday night.

Published January 20, 2011 12:00

Sam-Wow: Stosur Races Into Round 3
Samantha Stosur

MELBOURNE, Australia - Saying afterwards she was "really on it," Samantha Stosur cruised into the third round of her home Grand Slam on Thursday night, beating an opponent she has had trouble with, Vera Dushevina, 63 62.

Stosur, the No.5 seed, hit twice as many winners as the 61st-ranked Dushevina, who had won one of the pair's three prior meetings and had pushed the other two to three sets. In the end, Stosur's 26 winners were just too much.

"I'm very pleased with the way I hit the ball. Everything seemed to be coming out of the center and I moved well and made good decisions," Stosur said. "I don't think Vera played too badly. I was just really on it tonight. It was pleasing to go through a match like that and do everything pretty well.

"Doing it here is better than when it happens on a back court at a small event."

Next up for Stosur is No.25 seed Petra Kvitova, who hasn't lost a match this year, now 7-0 (5-0 to win a lead-up event in Brisbane and 2-0 so far here). Kvitova won their only previous meeting handily, but back then neither was at the level they are now - Stosur was No.149, Kvitova was No.87.

"She's been around a little longer than the match I played her at the French Open... I can definitely do a bit more homework and research," Stosur added. "She's a good player. She won Brisbane. She's obviously feeling comfortable down here in Australia, but so am I. I guess I have the home court advantage."

Dushevina fell to 3-35 against Top 10 players (all three wins on grass).

In the first match of the day, No.3 seed Kim Clijsters rolled past Carla Suárez Navarro, 61 63 (read more about that match here). And later in the afternoon the other Top 8 seeds in action on Day 4, No.2 seed Vera Zvonareva and No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic, took Hisense Arena, with only one of them able to move through (read more about those matches here).

No.10 seed Shahar Peer, No.12 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.13 seed Nadia Petrova, No.16 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, No.22 seed Flavia Pennetta and No.31 seed Lucie Safarova also moved into the last 32, with No.18 seed Maria Kirilenko, No.24 seed Alisa Kleybanova and No.26 seed María José Martínez Sánchez all falling. Ekaterina Makarova and Ayumi Morita scored wins in matches between unseeded players.

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