Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stosur Starts Strong

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, 6-1 7-5.

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.

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, 7-6(4) 6-2. 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."

In Other matches US Open semi finalist Yanina Wickmayer defeated Dominika Cibulkova 6-1 6-4 and Elena Dementieva faught of Kimiko Date Krumm 3-6 6-3 6-4.

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