Stosur rebounds to win Tokyo opener
Sam Stosur has won her first match since falling in the US Open first round, recovering to beat France's Alize Cornet at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan.
Sam Stosur has won her first match since falling in the first round at the US Open, recovering from a set down to beat France’s Alize Cornet at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan.
Despite the slow start, Stosur improved as the match wore on to run out a 2-6 6-4 6-1 victor at the $2.37 million WTA Premier event at Tokyo’s Ariake Coliseum.
“Very happy to move into the second round in Tokyo,” Stosur said via Facebook. “Thanks to all the fans who stayed after a long day of tennis.”
It did not look promising in the early stages however; as the 29th-ranked Cornet surged, Stosur faltered, spraying a forehand error wide to surrender the opening set.
The complexion of the second set was immediately different as the Australian broke early to lead 2-0, only for the Frenchwoman to work her way back into the contest and level at 3-3.
Yet an unfortunately-timed double fault from Cornet on set point proved her undoing.
Having escaped a tight spot, Stosur flourished, following up a deep backhand with a powerful forehand down the line for a service break and a 2-0 lead.
Cornet’s resistance had crumbled, and the 12th seed raced through the deciding set, smiting a crosscourt forehand winner to seal victory in one hour and 49 minutes.
In the second round, Stosur faces the winner of the match between popular local veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm and Aussie qualifier Anastasia Rodionova.