Sam opens in Hong Kong with a win
HONG KONG, AAP – Sam Stosur’s comeback from injury gathered a little more momentum with the 33-year-old beating Lee Ya-Hsuan 6-3 4-6 6-1 in the opening match of the tournament.
World No.43 Stosur needed almost two hours to subdue the world No.303 Lee, serving 10 aces and seven double faults and closing out the match with a winner down the line.
“I played pretty well, especially in the third set when I took the lead and didn’t let go. I was able to finish the match quickly,” Stosur said.
“She was hitting well and had nothing to lose. I really stepped it up in the third. If I play like I did in that last set, I’ll be happy.
“I didn’t hit a ball for eight weeks, that’s the longest I can remember being off court. But now I’m not quite back to 100 per cent. I can train now and not think of the injury.
“It will still take some more work to get back to 100 per cent form.”
Stosur hasn’t made it past the second round of a tournament since her fourth-round appearance at the French Open, in which she lost to eventual champion Jelena Ostapenko.
She reached the second round at the China Open in Beijing last week, but again exited to Ostapenko.
Stosur will next play the winner out of No.4-seed Agnieszka Radwanska and qualifier Ling Zhang.