Stosur succeeds, Rodionova rolled
Samantha Stosur has thumped Swede Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 6-3 to advance to the second round of the US Open in New York
Samantha Stosur has thumped Swede Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 6-3 to advance to the second round of the US Open in New York.
Last year’s quarter-finalist at Flushing Meadows defeated the world No.56 Arvidsson in 62 minutes on Monday night.
Ninth seed Stosur used her powerful serve and heavy ground strokes to dominate the Scandinavian on court 11.
The Australian will next play the winner of American Coco Vandeweghe and Italian Alberta Brianti for a spot in the third round.
But with her lean run at grand slams this year still fresh in the memory, last year’s US Open quarter-finalist wasn’t getting too excited.
“Considering I lost first round at Wimbledon and had not had a great showing at grand slams this year, to start off the last one of the year like this is very pleasing,” she said.
“It does not mean anything for the next one but at least it builds that confidence and feeling good out on the court.”
She next plays the winner of Italian world No.55 Alberta Brianti and American world No.113 Coco Vandeweghe.
If Stosur maintains her early form, her first genuine test is expected to come in the form of Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli in the fourth round.
Stosur’s Fed Cup teammate Anastasia Rodionova lost her US Open first round match to world No.76 Alla Kudryavtseva on Monday night.
Kudryavtseva won 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 in two hours and two minutes on court 7.