Stosur into Stuttgart quarters

Samantha Stosur won her second-round match at the WTA tournament in Stuttgart on Thursday but was made to play three sets.

Stosur survived a first set scare before she rallied to beat Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru 3-6 6-0 6-2 in her second-round match.

“I don’t think I played as well as I did yesterday, but she also played a lot different to the way Marion [Bartoli] played and made me work for it,” said Stosur.

“I think she’s a good player, a good competitor and plays pretty well on clay.”

The seventh-seed looked in trouble in the first, but roared back in the second and third to blow away her opponent. A comeback the world No.10 attributed to patience.

“[In the second set] I wasn’t trying to hit a winner off the second or third ball. [I tried to] hit maybe four, five balls in to make her possibly miss and maybe she had to go for it and change her gameplan a little bit.

“A little bit of a change but overall a better attitude and I tried to stay positive.”

The win sets up a quarterfinal clash with China’s Li Na on Friday.

“She’s been playing quite well recently and she got to the top 10 recently as well, so we’ve both got that in common and I know that it’s going to be a tough match.

“I’m going to have to play well.”

  • BennyG

    Well done Sam on reaching the quarters in Stuttgart & making your fourth consecutive quarterfinal on the tour. Keep this excellent run of form going & show Li whose boss!

  • Drine

    What a scare it was indeed !!! I managed to stay pretty calm despite the frustration in the first set (don't know how…haha) but then, the real Sam we know came back strong and close out the match convincingly :))
    I don't expect an easy match against Li, she's such a fighter. I guess you'll have to add the word “patience” on your wristband….hehe !!! Good luck Sam !!!

  • Remco

    He Samantha,

    nice game you play!
    good luck in the next matches!

    sportgreatings,

    Remco

  • Atich

    Sam, all your fans are very proud of YOU ! What a match against Dulgheru, I was very nervous !
    You know, the most exiting thing is that you can still improve day by day !
    ;-)

  • bruceofmelbourne

    Great win against Li Na! Your tennis is so inspiring Sam, a little too inspiring actually I have resisted getting Foxtel up until now but I have just got to be able to watch you play so I suppose it is cheaper than flying to Pair for the French Open! LOL

  • Poita

    Well done Sammi – great win over Na Li, you didn't even drop serve once & killed it on the big points! All you need to do now is win two more & you get to drive off in that cute little Boxster S… PS: I work for Porsche Insurance so when you win give me a call & I'll make sure you're fully inusred.. lol!!) Great work once again – 2010 is definately your year… I watched your vid's on the WTA Site & little Emma is soooooooooo cute :o) … roadrunner, look out for the coyote!