Sam makes it two out of two
Samantha Stosur has helped Australia to a 4-1 Fed Cup World Group II tie victory over Switzerland in Fribourg.
The world No.5 followed up her straight-sets win over former top 40 player Timea Bacsinszky by defeating world No.124 Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-2 in 66 minutes on the temporary claycourt at Forum Fribourg.
The result handed Australia a 2-1 advantage in the World Group II tie and Stosur some crucial confidence after only winning one of her opening four matches of the year, including a first round exit at the Australian Open.
Jarmila Gajdosova clinched the tie with a 6-3 3-6 8-6 win over world No.219 Amra Sadikovic before Casey Dellacqua and Jelena Dokic finished the job by taking out the doubles dead rubber 7-5 6-4 over Belinda Bencic and Amra Sadikovic.
The US Open champion felt she was building some momentum on the back of her consecutive wins in Switzerland.
“It has boosted my confidence and it is exactly the way I wanted to play as soon as I got over here,” she said.
“You want to win as many matches as possible to erase anything negative and it does not matter the opposition, it is always good to win.”
Such was Stosur’s dominance on serve that Voegele did not even have a break point opportunity during the match.
The Australian will spend the next week training in Liechtenstein, where her coach David Taylor is based for most of the year.
She will then head to Doha and Qatar before heading to north America for hardcourt tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston.
Australia will play one of the World Group first round losers in April for a berth in the elite eight-nation competition in 2013.