Stosur survives second-round scare

Samantha Stosur saved four match points before becoming the first woman through to the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen tennis tournament.

Returning from a fortnight out with an arm injury, the Australian second seed needed three sets and a tiebreaker to beat Italian Sara Errani 6-1 3-6 7-6(4) in their second-round encounter on Tuesday.

Stosur had a first-round bye and cruised through the first set, but was broken twice in the second.

Errani was serving for the match, up 5-4 and 40-15 in the third, before Stosur rallied.

“I just tried to hang in there and eventually got through that game, and once I won that then I knew that I was in a good spot,” Stosur said.

Stosur, who didn’t play in Cincinnati or Montreal because of the injury to her serving arm, said she was a little nervous about how it would hold up under match conditions.

“I actually hadn’t hit more than about 30 serves in any practice session yet, so it was a good test for it tonight, and it was all good,” she said.

Stosur will play either Russian Nadia Petrova or American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands for a place in the last four of the US Open warm-up event.

Meanwhile, Stosur has been awarded the No.5 seeding for next week’s US Open.

The Australian was seeded one place higher than her world ranking of No.6 due to an injured Serena Williams.

  • Elena Konovalova

    Congratulations on a tough match, Sammy. I didn't test for a long time such stress.
    I'm so glad that your arm is in order and this cold weather in New Haven will not prevent you to go further in the tournament. The work isn't finished. Another three games, baby. Stay positive, champion. The confidence and belief in yourself, remember that. GO, SAM!

  • LindaChiang

    Hi Sam:
    I stared at live scores and I was very nervous for you , but I don't regret to see that : ) ,
    the best part is your opponent almost got the match point , and you won't let her go through ,
    so you fought and did anything you can , then somehow you led much more scores than her ,
    that's amazing !! Your serve is still so strong , if you can keep it all the time , that'll be good ,
    I hope you can find your best hit as soon as possible , well done , Sam !!

  • BennyG

    Well done Sam on getting through the quarters :) I didn't expect a lot since you have only come back from that arm injury, and winning this match along with saving 4 match points has totally surpassed my expectations. I'm sure this match has given you some valuable match play going into the next match & the upcoming US Open. You have absolutely nothing to lose & only more to gain :) Always supporting you as well as the rest of your loveable fans :)

  • Sam_USA

    Hi Sam, Congratulations on a great come back win!!! It was a little more….testing….:) than I had hoped for. But, hey, any win, right?
    I haven't seen such heart in great while. The way you fought for every point in the third and tiebreak, after breezing through first and that struggling let down in the second, was just awesome!!!
    Now that you've cleared the cobwebs from the attic and the rust from the gate it's again time to roll into the quarters, Warrior Princess. We'll play this one round at a time. Best wishes, Sam. We all love you so much and very proud to be your fans.
    Take care ,Baby Girl. Love always.
    Semper Fi

  • Carl

    Congratulations Sam on a successful first match back. Errani troubles alot of great players, but you pulled it out of the fire. I'm sure that is exactly the kind of match that will help you going forward. Good luck for the rest of the week and it is GREAT to have you back.

  • Solenne

    Good job sam !
    I'm sure you'll do well with your QF match :) I just love ya your my Idol hahah =D
    Go sammy !!

  • Ice

    It's good to see that you can return from injury to play a difficult game and come back from behind in the third set to hold your nerve and win a hard fought match. Kudos to my fav player. Keep up the good work Sam and try to get some good momentum going for the US Open. Good luck in the quaterfinals Sam :D

  • Puck

    Well done Sammy.

  • Lisa

    Great to have you back on court Sam! Hope the arm pulled up ok today. Well done fending off those match points, great to see you come through with the win! So excited to hear you'll be playing in Brisbane in January…will definitely be there to cheer you on!! All the best for the rest of the week…smash 'em!!

  • Brendan W

    Well done Sam for coming back against a tough opponent.I hope you are over your injury.Good luck for the rest of the tornament and for the US open.

  • Sue Saccardi

    Way to hang in there and get the win.

  • Drine

    Wow Sam, what a match, what a fight!!!! I'm so happy you're through, that was a very good test and you passed :)) Congrats Sammy and good luck in the next round!!!

  • Julie

    Congratulations Sam ! Good job ! Nothing is better than a come back like that…
    I'm delighted to see you the next week…
    Good luck !! =)
    I love you Sam

    Julie from Belgium

  • Cath Fortier

    Good start!!! Hope the best for next round!

  • Jean-François ( from France )

    Come on Sam :) Having saved thes matchpoints, especially those which were on Errani's serve should give you all the confidence you need to go far :)
    Believe in yourself, Sam, you're the very best :)


  • Mario_cro

    It's good start Sam after injury time-out, important is that your arm is all right. I'am happy for you and will support you to next matches. Go Sammy!

  • Sten

    The first match after break was too difficult,there's often happenin' like this after downtime due to injury .Although, Sammy coped with this hard test brilliantly.By saving this match Sam proved again that she extraordinary athlete
    i hope the next match emerged more successful for You,Sammy! and the most significant is Your health.please take care of Yourself,Sam!

  • Rena_Egypt

    Congrats on the win Sam :).I didn't see the match because it wasn't broadcast here :(. But glad to here u won
    good luck Sammy .beat'em :D

  • Jess

    way to go, sam! gettin' back on step bit by bit. we “yanks” love you!!!

  • Lorena Mazzoni (Argentina)

    VAMOS SAM!!!!!! Good job!!! It´s hard to come back…and most not knowing how you are going to feel!!! I wish you the besto for the next match!!! Take care!!!

  • Sam_USA

    Hi Sam, Good luck against Petrova tomorrow. Though you're 0 & 3 it's been two years and your game has really grown since. Stay positive and play your game and great things will happen.
    Take care, Baby Girl. Love always.
    Semper Fi

  • Ameli

    Bravo, Sammy!
    Last night I couln't even watch when Errani had the match point. It was so intense. But you pulled through like a true champ that you are. ;)
    Really happy to know your shoulder's fine.
    Best of luck tomorrow!

  • Jim

    Hey Sam, good luck against Nadia tomorrow. A win would be nice, and I think you have a great chance, but there's no pressure. The main thing is for you to feel free to play your game the way you like to play, and to build up a bit of rhythm going into the USO. So have fun and let what comes come. Love ya Sam!

  • Nice picture on facebook Sam with lacoste dress. Like hairstyle and charming smile, you are beautifull women. All best in next matches.

  • Gordon Sauve

    Great win against Sara Samantha! Best of luck against Nadia.

  • Thomas Debes

    good luck against petrova, guess its kinda funny to play your old doubles partner. that way you should know each other well. don`T be scared to take advantage of her weak spots. all the best rooting for you all the way.

  • Laura

    well even though i'm italian, i was totally rooting for you sam :] glad you won!
    good luck with nadia tonight!


  • Jean-François ( France)

    Hi Sam :)
    OK, the match against Nadia didn't turn as we expected, and I'm a little sad for you… but, actually, not that much :) . I was not able to see the match, as there was no stream for us ( at least, I didn't find any :( ) , so I could only imagine from the livescores and stats….
    You Know, I always think positive, and immediately after the match, I said to myself “OK, at least, Sam has got a few days to rest and practice, she'll be on top next week”
    Go Sam, Go, everybody's with you :) We just love you :)