Sam returns to form in Osaka

Australia’s Samantha Stosur returned to form at the scene of her maiden WTA title with a straight-sets victory over local hope Sachie Ishizu at the Japan Women’s Open on Monday.

The top seed, who has already clinched her place in this month’s prestigious season-ending WTA Championships in Doha, crushed the Wimbledon junior finalist 6-0 6-3.

It was a welcome return to form for Stosur after back-to-back first-up losses in Tokyo and Beijing in the past fortnight.

The hardcourt tournament also includes former champions Marion Bartoli of France, Jill Craybas of the US and Kimiko Date Kurumm of Japan.

Second seed Bartoli overwhelmed her compatriot Julie Coin 6-2 6-1 and now takes on Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, who defeated Sophie Ferguson of Australia 6-4 7-6(5).

Craybas and sixth seed Date will take on qualifiers in the first round.

Russia’s Maria Kirilenko, the fourth seed, was another comfortable 6-1 6-0 winner, over Japan’s Kurumi Nara, and will play Chang Kai-Chen of Chinese Taipei in the second round.

Chang, who upset then world No.1 Dinara Safina in Tokyo a year ago to cause a sensation in her home town, outclassed American Lilia Osterloh 7-5 6-4.

In other first-round action, American Coco Vandeweghe, who reached the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo two weeks ago, breezed past fifth seed Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-1 6-2.

  • jf ( from France )

    Hi Sam :)

    I had no doubt, you rock :)
    Always on your side :)


  • LindaChiang

    Hi Sam ~ , so good for you ! Just wasted 24 minutes to go through the first set , and produced 11 breakpoints against your opponent , I can't wait to see you show how hungry for this title !

    Keep it going ~. Love you !!

  • Lisa

    Nice start Sam! Hope you can continue to build on that for the rest of the tournament. Love your work!!

  • Elena Konovalova

    Sam, do it for the second year in a row, please. Do yourself and us a little gift before Doha.

    I haven't seen your match first round, but statistics are just impressive. Be in a positive mood. Confirmation of the title – this is important and exciting moment. But you must be confident in yourself and just play your tennis, not thinking about anything and not worrying. My fingers always crossed for you. And, please, don't drink a lot of sake….. oh, this, Japan! Go, Sammy! Love you!!!

  • Drine

    YAY!!!! What a way to start the tournament, nice and convincing win in less than an hour….love it!!
    Keep it up Sam and uhh….feel free to score some more bagels coz I like them a lot :p lol
    Good luck for your next round!!! All the way Sammy!!!

  • Jim

    Hey Sam, great to see you back to your winning ways! Good luck in your next match against Namigata. Believe in yourself and you will go all the way again in Osaka. Just go for it!

  • laura

    go sam! ;)

  • Patc

    well done Sammy…let's go

  • Rena_Egypt

    Great job Sammy