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.