Sam into third round

The strut was back, the shoulders broad and the aces flowed as the real Samantha Stosur stood up to power into the third round of the US Open for the very first time.

After seven years of trying, fifth-seeded Stosur finally overcame her second-round jinx at Flushing Meadows with a storming 6-1 6-4 victory over fellow Australian Anastasia Rodionova.

Photo gallery: US Open 2010 – rounds 1 & 2

“I just wanted to go out there and stamp my authority on the match from the start,” Stosur said.

“I was playing well and the body language and everything else just flowed on from there. I wasn’t going to allow myself to get into a hole or have anything changed.

“It’s obviously been disappointing my results here in previous years, so to get through that hurdle is definitely a good feeling.

“I’m very pleased with the way I played. I’m serving well and, from start to finish, I was really able to dictate what was going on on court.

“I really stepped up my level.”

Stosur’s reward for burying her demons and being Australia’s lone survivor in the women’s singles – following Sally Peers’s second-round loss on Wednesday to titleholder and two-time champion Kim Clijsters – is a seed-free passage to the second week.

The French Open runner-up will play Sara Errani on Friday (Saturday AEST) for a berth in the last 16 after the unseeded Italian scored a surprise 6-2 6-3 win over Russian Alisa Kleybanova.

Stosur, though, insisted she still hadn’t earned the right to look too far ahead in New York, especially after staving off four match points to see off Errani in a third-set tiebreaker only last week in Cincinnati.

“It’s funny how so quickly you can turn around and play the same player again,” the world No. 6 said.

“Looking back in hindsight, maybe that was a really important match to get through. I think it was anyway.

“Maybe that will play on her mind a little bit going into our match.”

Success over the Italian would likely thrust Stosur into a fourth-round confrontation with two-time Grand Slam finalist and 12th seed Elena Dementieva.

  • LindaChiang

    Hi Sam:

    What a comfortable match for you !! You placed the ball so well when you were serving ,
    and you tried to hit some winners down the line then you also did it,
    you earned a chance for yourself to get into the 3rd round , it's a big step in US OPEN,
    well done , Sam !!

    By the way , you looked so pretty with this purple outfit ,I bet those audiences couldn't take their eyes off you , because you are so popular tonight. : )

  • Jean-François ( from France )

    Sam… thank you so much :) It was once again a real pleasure to watch your match today against Rodionova :) Great serves, great shots, aces, and less errors, I really enjoyed it :) . The first set was just a one way road for you, Rodionova couldn't do anything. There were some “thrilling” moments in the 2nd, when she got 2 break points… but you stayed focused, concentrated, and managed to keep your game, and to win the match….. and then you gave us this famous lovely smile of yours again :)
    Thanks again, Sam and congratulations ( I almost forgot ;) ) !
    Next oponent is Sara Errani, I'm very confident :) you play your game, and you'll win :)
    Sammy, Sammy, Sammy Oi Oi Oi !! :)

  • Sue Saccardi

    Get some revenge on Errani in the next round.

  • Drine

    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!!! Woohooo!!!! Well, THAT is the kind of match I want to see Sammy ;) Aces, effective groundstrokes, good volleys. You remained calm, patient, concentrate, well, a very pleasant match to watch :)))
    Good luck against Errani in the next round, the Smash'em Sam Family will be there watching, always and forever!!! CONGRATS SAM!!!

  • Lorena Mazzoni (Argentina)

    Heyyy!!!! Great match today Sam!!!! I didn´t suffer today!!!!! You serve great and your shots were excelent!!!!!! Congratulations…..3 rd. round now!!!! Always supporting you, down here in Argentina!!! Take care and good luck against Errani!!!! VAMOSS!!!!!

  • Sam_USA

    GREAT MATCH, SAM!!!!! No train wreck tonight. Just perfection. Great serves, ground strokes, court movement, good net play, lots of aces, and less errors. I see a long road ahead!!! Rodio was completely matched. You had her from, hello. She tried to come back in the 2nd but you kept your focus, dug in, and pulled it out like the true champion you are. Congratulations and thank you for an enjoyable match to watch. Love the winning smile and those EYES!!! Please play only night matches from now on:-)!!!
    Good luck against Sara on Friday. Again congratulations. Take care, Baby Girl. Love always.
    Semper Fi

  • Sarah Singleton

    Congrats, great match! You looked comfortable and confident, loved the purple. Was so happy to be able to see you play live on the computer. Rooting for you in the next round of course! Seeing you so fit and healthy is an inspiration. Keep up the great work!

  • Ameli

    Congratulations, Sammy!
    Great footwork.
    Pure perfection of well constructed points.
    As always, it's a pleasure to see you play at Grand Slam.
    The only thing missing were your “shades”.
    Just kidding. ;)
    Best of luck in a match against Errani.

  • Kanebad

    Sam has greatly improved his play lately, it has a large number of serves and is sometimes just need some mobility, but until now he is playing very well. CONGRATULATIONS continue so

  • Greeneo

    When is the next match? Where is a good place to find the schedule? And congrats to Sam!

  • Jim

    Fantastic Sam! Now you've broken through to the 3rd round for the first time, the pressure should be off from now on. You're obviously hitting for at the right time, so you've got a great chance to go a lobng way, but the main thing is to play your game as you like to play it and enjoy yourself. Love ya!

  • Rena_Egypt

    Congratulations Sam. What a great match !!! It was amazing really. Now I can say you're back :).
    always stay confident and focused.You can beat Errani easily that way.
    Good luck Sammy

  • Martinoevlisen

    Sam – you rock the tour !

  • Swimmer-18

    Well done Sammm

    I knew yu would do really well!!

    Good luck with Errani!!

    Luv yahh

    Oh! and yo look great on a purple dress…. :))

  • Christian Brockmeier

    Pretty much looking forward to you drubbing Elena Dementieva! :-)

  • Claire

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BennyG

    Congrats on making it through to the 3rd Round for the first time Sam :) You definitely have improved your level of play from the 1st Round, which just shows that you're gaining confidence with each & every single match you play. Good luck against Errani & just play your game! Love the purple outfit by the way :D

  • Ice

    Brilliant win Sam! Absolutely awesome to watch you being so confident and not only dominating the game but shaping it so completely to suit your game. Keep playing like you are and don't give up and you can definitely give a good fight for the US Open title. Kudos to my fav player :D

  • TimZ

    Congrats Sam! You really played fantastically, it was a pleasure to watch. =)

    If you play like that again tomorrow, it should be no problem to reach the fourth round, though Errani seems to be in a good shape. Good luck and all the best! =)

  • bee_still

    Well done Sammy. You can do it. Slam 'em!

  • Elena Konovalova

    Congratulations, Sam. You're now in the third round. You showed a great, powerful tennis. You were just a rock on the court, focused the all match, and most importantly, that you immediately took the initiative themselves. You make progress here in New York. This obviously. Keep it up, baby!

    I 'm glad that when you had to win back break points, you looked absolutely relaxed and confident. Frankly, I thought that Nastya will show resistance, but except heap russian dirty words on the court, she showed nothing more.

    Good luck in the next round against Errani. You've already done it. Stay positive attitude, confident in yourself. I want to see your smile in the second week US Open.

    And I think this purple outfit is the best for you. You look great! Go, Sammy!

  • Bruce

    Great win champ! One match at a time and you will do fine so just focus on every point you play and stay in the moment. Can't wait to see you play in the next round and show Errani just how lucky she was to get soooo close to beating you! hehe

  • Bruce

    Btw I love the purple dress!

  • Julie

    Great match Sam !! You served very well and it was amazing to watch you !
    Come on Sam ! We believe in you ! You can do it !
    I love you =)

    Julie from Belgium

  • Mario_cro

    Excellent Sammy! First time third round in US open, I didn't saw match because it was late in night here in Croatia and I must get up early in the morning but was very happy when heard for result. Go Sam and run over Errani.

  • Sten

    Well done on Your second round win,Sam! Your advantage in this match was absolute and Your game was almost perfect.but i think there's one moment what is desirable to change or modify slightly.it's Your too aggressive returning of opponent serve,Sammy. i guess.Even the oppon.serves rapidly and near the line You trie to hit this ball with excessive force therefore many errors.Maybe You should return hard serve more quiet and relible?

    Goog luck against S.Errani!!!

    C'MON SAM!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

  • Thomas Debes

    great match, you were clearly the better player. thank you for being so fast beating her, so i could get some sleep before it was too late due to time difference.:) and second how was it playing with all the music in the back? that must be a first. you played real great and you seem to be back on track, funny that you are playing sara again so soon. you can beat her again and go into the 2nd week. grats on personal best here also. keep it up:) was awesome to watch

  • Laura

    congratulations sam :)
    good luck tomorrow against sara errani. i'm italian but i can't really stop supporting you! lol. sorry for sara, but i'll be rooting for you, as always <3

  • Sam_USA
  • Sally

    Hey Sammy! Congrats on your win against Rodionova – great to see you looking so confident and solid on your strokes! Good luck against Errani tomorrow – keep slammin' those serves!

  • Bzipper

    Congrats Sam stay calm and Elena will be a walk over

  • Sarah

    It's Hammer time!! Bring it, Sam!!!

  • Ameli

    Sammy's scheduled to play against Errani on Friday at 11 a.m. eastern time on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
    You can watch all matches live on usopen.org website:
    http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/schedule/schedule11.html
    Just click on right hand box where live scores are posted and writes watch live.

  • Ben.j.

    Nice one Samantha Jane. Do it for Brisvegas!

  • Ameli

    Bravo, Sammy!
    You have to go easy on yourself. Relax a bit, and I'm sure you won't be making unnecessary mistakes.
    You're such a perfectionist. ;)
    I have a feeling that your next opponent in the 4th round will be Dementieva.
    All best!

  • Jean-François ( from France )

    Hi Sam,

    I can't wait the news to be updated…. I'll put a real comment later, but I just want to say Thank you Sam, and congratulations for your match against Errani, it was just ….wow, I can't find the words !
    Sammy, you're wonderful :)

  • Guest

    Wish you luck for the rest of the tournament! =]