Stosur in the fast lane in Stuttgart

Top 10 Australian Samantha Stosur has raced into the second round of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Wednesday.

In just over an hour, Stosur fended off France’s Marion Bartoli 6-2 6-2 to continue her good run on clay.

“I thought I served very well and was able to get the first strike on a lot of the rallies so I was able to dictate a lot of the points,” Stosur explained after the match.

“I was expecting a tough match, she’s very highly ranked and she’s beaten me in the past, so to come out and play so well first up was very pleasing.”

Despite a late arrival after steering Australia to a 5-0 Fed Cup victory over Ukraine on the weekend, Stosur continued on from where she left off in Kharkov.

“Getting here late wasn’t ideal, but I was able to play a couple of good matches in the Ukraine to prepare me for this as well.

“I had one practice here yesterday morning and then just chilled out for the afternoon and felt good enough to play today and obviously came out with a good win.”

She will now face Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru in the second round, an opponent who Stosur admits she is not familiar with.

“[We’ve] never played before, never hit together before, so it’ll be something different. I know she had a good year last year, winning her first tournament in Warsaw.

“She’s definitely a player to watch out for, but I’m going to go in there with the same mentality as today and hopefully I can play well.”

While Stosur’s mind has been firmly on the court, she has received some perks that her new top 10 status has afforded her. Tournament sponsor Porsche leant Stosur one of their cars for the high-flying Australian to test drive.

“I was actually really nervous,” laughed Stosur. “My hands were sweating and I was exhausted afterwards because I was concentrating so much, but it was pretty cool.

“It was a lot more powerful than my little Jeep, so I was enjoying every minute, but definitely a bit nerve-racking!”

  • Nicole

    Great win against Marion! And how cool you got to drive a Porsche!
    Good luck next round :)

  • Martin

    Congratulations! If You stay concentrated, initiative and continue believing in Your abilities, even through rough patches, the clay, not only in Stuttgart, will base many more of Your wins.
    Reward Your tenacious work over the years and HIT the f. ball like ONLY YOU can!
    Best of health and staying power!

    Martin.

  • mcb

    Go on Sam, you can do it again!
    any chance we can see the pics of the Porsche driving test? …not that we are jealous…not :p

  • Drine

    I didn't expect such a fast and convincing win against Marion so well done Sam !!! :)
    I guess it just shows how confident and fit you are at the moment. I hope you can maintain this level against Dulgheru…good luck for this match !!!
    It must be pretty cool indeed to be at a Porsche wheel….what a thrill !!!

  • Atich

    Great victory against Bartoli ! I didn't expect an easy win like that !
    Sam, is there a video that shows the test drive in the Porsche hehehe ? ;-)

  • Salamanda

    Well done Sam another good win today!!! Keep it up against Li Na or Na Li (I can never remember which way it is supposed to go!) As always its great to see you doing so well! :D