New York, NY, USA, 7 September 2015 |

One of Sam Stosur’s toughest opponents of all will loom across the net on Monday at the US Open.

Italian Flavia Pennetta, the tournament’s 26th seed, takes a dominant 6-0 head-to-head record over Stosur into their fourth-round match. Four of those matches have been straight-sets affairs.

What’s more, Pennetta is at her best at Flushing Meadows, having reached the US Open semifinals in 2013 and a further four quarterfinals.

Stosur and Pennetta are scheduled as the last match of the day on the imposing Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Does the Australian have any hope?

Coach David Taylor thinks so.

Read Taylor’s insights in the full feature on