Stosur passes first round test

World No.8 Sam Stosur says she has high expectations this clay court season, after overcoming Gisela Dulko 7-6(3) 7-5 at the Madrid Open.

Despite a close scoreline, the Queenslander faced only two break points during her first round win, which sets up a meeting with Rome champion Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

The 26-year old landed six aces against Dulko, saving her best tennis for the business end of both sets.

Stosur stepped up her game in the first set tiebreaker, opening up a 3-0 lead before closing it out. Likewise in the second she broke her opponent at 5-5, allowing her to serve out the match.

“(With) Gisela making the finals in Rome in the doubles, having a pretty short preparation to play I think was a pretty good match,” Stosur said. “Considering the conditions and everything I thought we played quite well.

“Hopefully after getting past that first round I can feel a little bit better about my game and keep trying to play well, but the next one’s definitely going to be pretty hard.”

After a fine start to the clay season – with one title from two finals – the Australian No.1 said she expects more of herself than last year, when she made the semifinals of Roland Garros.

“I can’t complain about my results so far this year on clay. So far everything’s been going quite well (but) playing here in Madrid it’s so different to playing in Stuttgart and Charleston where I did well.

“(This year is) going to be a little bit different – this is the first Grand Slam I had done really well the year before and so that’s going to be something new, and I’ll try and handle all that.

“But the way I’ve been playing and the way I’m feeling at the moment, I’ve just got to go in there and play. I think when I’ve had my best results I haven’t worried about anything else.”

Martinez Sanchez received a first round bye after defeating Jelena Jankovic last week for the biggest title of her career. Stosur leads their head-to-head series 2-1 after clinching two victories in 2010 – the most recent a three-set tussle at Indian Wells.

  • Drine

    Hey Sam, congratulations for your good win against Dulko ;)
    Very close and stressful match for your fans (thanks for that…haha) but you've done the job !!!
    Keep it up Sam and good luck against Maria Jose :)

  • Atich

    Sam, good luck against Pepa !

  • Bruce

    Your game is AWESOME at the moment! You are in a great groove at the moment so keep going for your shots Sam :-)

  • christerbjorn

    Go Sammy, you beat Maria!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are an inspration. In my mind, that was your toughest match to date. You Got there. Well done. I think that you believe in yourself more that I do, awesome!!!!!! Have a great tournament and really give the French Open a stir, just as you did last year.!!!

  • seanhingston

    Great win today over Martinez Sanchez, Sam. This is your year, Sam. All your fans believe in you, because you show such belief on court. The Family Circle annihilation a few weeks back was like watching the world number one! The French Open is yours to win, Sam. No fear. BELIEVE!!!!

  • Ben

    Great Work ! you really impress me, the level of your tennis is huge.

  • Ameli

    Bravo Sam!
    Keep focused, and take an advantage of your serve.
    When I watched you playing against Henin in Stuttgart, I've noticed that you don't make a lot of net points.
    I think you have a really good chance at Roland Garros to make it all the way to the final.
    All best!

  • Guada

    Congrats Sammy!! Keep it up!!

  • Robert K

    Hi Sam. Great win against Sanchez (The Junkyard Dog'ette. No disrespect intended). Maintain that mental toughness ('cause you have the GAME !) and win Madrid. Then onto RG and a GS title !!! Love you girl :-)

  • Moom Zee

    Good luck Sammmmmmy