Errani looms next for Sam
Sam Stosur will look to continue her strong run at this year’s US Open when she takes on No.16 seed Sara Errani in the last 32.
Stosur has marched through to third round without dropping a set, but the going will get tougher when she faces the gritty Italian.
Errani has proven something of a nemesis, winning their past two battles; the most notable was her upset victory over Stosur in the semifinals of Roland Garros in 2012.
Yet they haven’t met since October of that year, when Errani scored another victory over Stosur at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
“We have played quite a few times, and the last couple of times she’s beaten me. There have been some pretty big matches,” Stosur said.
“But this is different – again, another situation and a court that I feel like I match up well against her on. I think we have actually played on Armstrong years ago.
“Even though I think all that, it’s still going to be a tough match playing her given our history and some of the long battles we have had.
“I will look forward to that challenge.”
Indeed, Stosur and Errani did meet at the US Open, back in 2010; the Queenslander was a 6-2 6-3 victor.
Errani struggled through to the third round of this year’s Open with a three-set victory over impressive Latvian youngster Jelena Ostapenko.
She comes into the match battling health issues.
“This morning I woke up feeling bad so was not easy. I warm up, was a lot of headache and like fever and this thing … Not too bad, but to play, not too much energy,” she explained.
“I hope to recover good. Sam here is always playing very good, so it would be tough, for sure.”
As the 22nd seed, Stosur comes into the match – on paper at least – as the underdog. Yet she takes confidence from her excellent playing history at Flushing Meadows, which in addition to her winning run in 2011 also includes quarterfinal finishes in 2010 and 2012.
“It certainly helps knowing that you have played some of your best tennis of your career over a two-week period on these courts and (in) these conditions,” Stosur said.
“Winning a Grand Slam is not easy, but knowing that you have actually done that certainly gives you confidence. Then when you do come back each year and you feel like you’re playing well, it’s a nice thing to kind of feed off.
“It’s always nice to come back to New York and play, especially having the 2011 result.”
Stosur and Errani will go head to head on Friday.