Sam rolls on in Stuttgart
Following last week's Fed Cup dominance, Sam Stosur has picked up where she left off in Stuttgart with an opening round win at the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.
It was a case of same court, different event as Samantha Stosur rolled into the second round of the Stuttgart WTA claycourt tournament on Tuesday with a straight-sets defeat of Shuai Peng.
Australia’s fifth seed needed less than an hour to see off Peng 6-2 6-2 and was rarely tested by her Chinese opponent in her first-round match.
Having helped Australia to a 3-2 Fed Cup win over Germany on Stuttgart’s clay courts over the weekend, Stosur has been here for several days.
And after winning both her weekend singles matches, the former French Open finalist is happy with her form on clay.
“It was good. I thought I played well and served well. It was nice to get through in straight sets,” said Stosur.
“It was handy to have been here a week already, whereas a lot of the other girls were only arriving from Fed Cup on Monday night.
“Sometimes the best preparations don’t equate to the best performance, but you aren’t going to complain about playing Fed Cup in the same place as your next event.
“I played well over the weekend and managed to keep that going today, so far so good as far as the clay court goes, so I am feeling good.”
Stosur will next face Julia Goerges – the defending champion – after the German upended Russia’s Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets to move into the second round.
“I had a long three-setter against Julia in the semifinal here last year and haven’t played her since,” said Stosur.
“(Against) Julia it will be extra hard playing a German here.”
French qualifier Alize Cornet will face second-seed Maria Sharapova in the second round after her 6-3 6-4 win over Russia’s Anna Chakvetadze.
And compatriot Mario Bartoli, the seventh seed, is also in the second round after her 6-3 6-2 win over qualifier Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic.
Bartoli will face either ex-world No.1 Ana Ivanovic or Germany’s Mona Barthel in the second round.