Stosur dominant in Madrid
Sam Stosur got off to a flying start at the Mutua Madrid Open while in the men's draw Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic are on track for a second-round showdown.
Australia’s Sam Stosur showed some of her best claycourt form to quickly dispatch Spanish wildcard Sara Sorribes Torbo 6-2 6-0 in under an hour.
Stosur imposed her will on the 20-year-old to break her six times in the match.
The Queenslander, who reached the semifinals in Madrid 12 months ago, set up a second-round meeting with Mariana Duque-Marino.
The Colombian qualifier was too strong for Julia Goerges, who recently beat Stosur at Indian Wells to take her head-to-head record over the Aussie to 5-1.
While Stosur looked good, fellow Australian Daria Gavrilova had problems on serve and coughed up seven double faults – including three of those in the final set – to lose 7-5 5-7 6-2 to American teenager Catherine Bellis.
Gavrilova reached the quarterfinals in Madrid last year.
On the men’s side, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic are on course for a second-round clash in the Spanish capital.
Kyrgios, the 16th seed, opens against Marcos Baghdatis while Tomic has drawn American Ryan Harrison.
Should they both win, it would be the first professional meeting between Kyrgios and Tomic.