Samantha Stosur has welcomed her promotion to top billing for her marquee US Open quarterfinal with defending champion Kim Clijsters.
Stosur and Clijsters have relegated American superstar Venus Williams from the prime-time TV slot and will slug it out in the feature night match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday (Wednesday 9am AEST).
Australia’s world No.6 Stosur felt justice had been served after she’d been involved in the latest-finishing women’s singles match in US Open history on Sunday, an epic three-set triumph over Elena Dementieva.
“Me or Elena, whoever won that one, was in a pretty bad position to play Kim, who played first on Sunday,” Stosur told AAP after a light hitting session on Monday.
“I think it’s only fair that at least I was allowed as much as rest as possible after my match to try and back up.”
Stosur made it to bed around 5am on Monday morning after completing a tense 6-3 2-6 7-6(2) win at 1.37 am in New York.
The French Open runner-up spent just 25 minutes loosening up with an easy late afternoon practise session with coach David Taylor.
“Obviously I didn’t work on anything. Just wanted to get out there and move around and try to run out some of the lactate,” Stosur said.
After saving four match points against Dementieva to become the first Australian woman to make the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows since Wendy Turnbull 26 years ago, Stosur said she’d be free-rolling against Clijsters.
The Belgian is once again title favourite after extending her winning streak in New York to 18 matches with an emphatic 6-2 6-1 fourth-round defeat of Ana Ivanovic.
“Obviously she’s a great player and I’ve played a great tournament so far and now I get the second seed,” Stosur said.
“I’m just going to go out and enjoy it and it’s matches like last night that are really fun to play and you just want to keep playing matches like that.
“Against Kim, if we can play our best tennis, I’m sure it will be a good one.
“I’ve had my best ever result here ever and playing well and up against the defending champion.
“So, really, I don’t think I have anything to lose. It’s one of those matches where you’ve got everything to gain and you just want to play well.
“And if you play well, then usually you’ll have a good result or a good match.”
Third-seeded Williams will play French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the first women’s quarterfinal on Tuesday (about 6 am AEST Wednesday).