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!”