Stosur downs Peng to reach Miami 4R
Sam Stosur is through to the fourth round of Miami Open after a three set win over Peng Shuai.
Samantha Stosur has claimed her maiden fourth-round WTA berth of the year thanks to a tough three-set victory over Shuai Peng at the Miami Open.
The 14th-seed Stosur fought back from a set down to claim a 4-6 6-3 7-5 third-round victory over the world No.43 from China on Sunday (Monday AEDT).
Stosur, who beat in-form fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty in the second round, broke Peng in the match’s penultimate game to claim victory in two-and-a-half hours at Key Biscayne in Florida.
The 32-year-old Stosur had a difficult start, broken in the opening game of the match on the way to losing the first set before regrouping to take the second.
The deciding set was a see-saw affair, with Peng losing serve in the first game before breaking back two games later.
The Australian No.1 finished strongly to break Peng to love with the set poised a 5-5 before using three match points to see off her opponent’s challenge in the following game.
The result improves on Stosur’s previous best tournament showings of 2017 when she reached the third rounds in Doha and Taipei.
She will play the winner of world No.5 Simona Halep’s clash with Anett Kontaveit.