Stosur accounts for Oudin
World No.5 Samantha Stosur has defeated American Melanie Oudin 6-4 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the WTA San Diego Open.
It shaped as a tricky task for the Australian, with Oudin ranked No.45 in the world and playing on her home soil.
But Stosur continued her strong season form to account for her opponent in straight sets.
“I’m feeling confident,” Stosur said.
“I think I’m going along the right path to, hopefully, having a good US Open.”
The win set Stosur up for a meeting with fifth seed Flavia Penetta who accounted for Russia’s Maria Kirilenko in straight sets, 6-4 7-6(5).
Oudin broke in the fourth game of the first set for a 3-1 lead, but Stosur took control with consecutive breaks against Oudin’s serve plus holding her own serve twice to go ahead 5-3.
In the sixth game, Stosur served consecutive aces.
It was an identical score to their only previous encounter in the lead-up to Wimbledon.
“It was a pretty good match, same score as Eastbourne,” Oudin said.
“Sam is a really tough opponent for me because of her serve, especially her kick serve.
“She plays with a lot of spin and was hitting the lines with it.
“I thought hardcourt would be my best surface to play her, or grass, but she’s No.5 in the world and I’m still happy with my performance.”