“She's got the ability early in the rally to get the ball outside (Cibulkova's) hitting zone. If she's got good conviction mentally, I think she'll be right. But it's not easy.”David Taylor
Coach David Taylor has urged Sam Stosur to use her revolutionary forehand to wipe her French Open quarterfinal opponent off the court at Roland Garros on Tuesday.
Also in action on Day 10 at the French Open will be Australia’s junior contingent, with all four boys winning their singles matches on Monday and hoping to continue their progress through the draw in Paris.
Stosur faces Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in the first match on Court Philippe Chatrier (starting 10pm AEST) and Taylor says it’s the perfect match-up for the sixth seed against one of the shortest players on the women’s tour.
Cibulkova stands just 161cm tall and Taylor will instruct Stosur to attack the 15th seed from the get-go – and not to play passively like she did early in her fourth-round win over American teenager Sloane Stephens.
“It’s a good match-up for Sam, with her inside-out forehand, big, heavy kick serve,” Taylor said.
“She’s got the ability early in the rally to get the ball outside that girl’s hitting zone. If she’s got good conviction mentally, I think she’ll be right.
“But it’s not easy.”
Stosur found herself in a hole at 5-3 down in the first set against the free-swinging Stephens and Taylor hopes the US Open champion learnt a lesson to back her attacking game.
“She was just playing passive at the beginning and the girl was just teeing off,” he said.
“Sam took the time away from her and the match changed quickly.”
Taylor, who has coached the likes of former world No.1s Martina Hingis, Ana Ivanovic and fellow Australian top-tenner Alicia Molik, said Stosur’s Nadal-like whiplash forehand could change the face of women’s tennis.
“Sam is unique,” he said.
“Has there ever been a heavier forehand in women’s tennis? Honestly, I would have to say no.
“The beauty is that it’s not Sydney or the bush. It’s not taking huge risks to hit winners. The regulation rally shot is heavy enough to do damage. Sam is proving that it’s possible for women to hit that type of forehand.
“A lot of great women’s players have basically been backhand players. I think in years to come, as the women start hitting their forehands with those kind of revs, we’ll look back and see that Sam was the one who started it.”
Stosur beat Cibulkova in straight sets in their only previous meeting, on a Stanford hardcourt in 2009.
She also holds a dominant winning record over her two prospective semifinal foes – German 10th seed Angelique Kerber and Italian 21st seed Sara Errani, who clash in Tuesday’s other quarterfinal at Roland Garros.
Stosur is five from five against Errani and has won both encounters with Kerber – on clay last month in Stuttgart and in last year’s US Open semifinals.
Stosur’s match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 3 and Fox Sports 3HD tonight from 10pm AEST, followed by all the other action from Day 10 at the French Open. For more information, please see our TV Guide.
Sam Stosur (AUS)  v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)  – quarterfinals, Court Philippe Chatrier, first match
Luke Saville (AUS)  v Matteo Donati (ITA) – third round, Court 3, second match
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Kimmer Coppejans (BEL)  – second round, Court 3, first match
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Thiago Monteiro (BRA) – second round, Court 14, first match
Andrew Harris (AUS)  v Max De Vroome (NED) – second round, Court 16, first match
Luke Saville (AUS)/Julien Cagnina (BEL)  v Daniel Masur (GER)/Robin Stanek (CZE) – first round, Court 8, fourth match
Andrew Harris (AUS)/Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Albert Alcatraz Ivorra (ESP)/Eduard Esteve Lobato (ESP) – first round, Court 11, third match
WOMEN’S DOUBLES (quarterfinals)
Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP)/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)  d Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)/Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)  6-2 6-3
MEN’S DOUBLES (quarterfinals)
Max Mirnyi (BLR)/Daniel Nestor (CAN)  d Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-4 6-4
MIXED DOUBLES (quarterfinals)
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL)/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) d Natalie Grandin (RSA)/Paul Hanley (AUS) 6-4 3-6 [10-5]
Luke Saville (AUS)  d Luke Bambridge (GBR) 6-0 6-4
Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Mackenzie McDonald (USA)  6-3 5-7 10-8
Andrew Harris (AUS)  d Vaclav Safranek (CZE) 6-2 6-2
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d Arjun Kadhe (IND) 6-3 6-3