Monday, 25 June 2012
True to her word, Samantha Stosur has clubbed her way into the second round at Wimbledon with a straight-sets demolition of Carla Suarez Navarro.
The US Open champion was all-out attack as she pasted 19 clean winners in an impressive 6-1 6-3 victory over Spain's outclassed world No.40.
The overdue win was Stosur's first in three years at the All England Club after bowing out in the opening round in her past two disappointing campaigns.
It was a vastly improved showing from her first-round loss last week to world No.251 Kirsten Flipkins in the Netherlands.
"It was probably one of the best matches I've played on grass in recent years, so that's a good feeling," Stosur said.
The fifth seed next faces either talented Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus or Japanese lucky loser Misaki Doi on Wednesday for a spot in the third round for only the second time in 10 Wimbledon campaigns.
Her draw this year is a favourable one and, if she can get through her next outing, Stosur's first seeded challenge is likely to come from Russian Maria Kirilenko in round three on Friday.
China's ninth seed Li Na, who thrashed Kazakhstan's Ksenia Pervak 6-3 6-1 in her opener on Monday, is scheduled to face Stosur in the last 16.
But with her track round at SW19 the second week is still a world away for the French Open semi-finalist.
"I've had a bit of a look (at the draw), but I certainly don't look too far ahead at this tournament," Stosur said.
"Next one's next."
Stosur has struggled to explain her poor record on the Wimbledon grass over the years and wasn't about to die wondering on Monday following an inexplicable loss last year to world No.262 Melinda Czink.
The Australian came out swinging and was up 5-0 inside 20 minutes.
Suarez Navarro avoided a dreaded bagel before Stosur seized the opening set with a brutal off-forehand winner.
There was hardly any let-up in the second, with Stosur bludgeoning her way to an early break for a 2-0 advantage.
Out of nowhere, Suarez Navarro broke back in the third game when Stosur was caught off balance and netted an awkward backhand.
But it was Stosur's only lapse as she claimed two more breaks to wrap up the match in one hour and two minutes.
The world No.5 dropped only 12 points on serve, while her 19 winners more than offset 11 unforced errors in her bold new roll-the-dice approach to grasscourt tennis.