Sam Stosur will continue her US Open title defence tonight with a second round clash against Edina Gallovits-Hall.You can watch and bet on Stosur v Gallovits-Hall live for free at bet365 > live tennis.
There aren’t too many pundits backing Sam Stosur to defend her US Open title this year but the Aussie made a flying start on Monday, showing once again why she’s one of the best hardcourt players in the WTA. Her meeting with Petra Martic lasted for just 51 minutes, with Stosur clinching an assured 6-1, 6-1 success.
“To be honest, I don't know if there is necessarily more pressure to go out and have to defend. It's a new year, a new tournament,” said Stosur about this year’s challenge. “Of course you want to win, but... playing here compared to Australia, it's just different. I love playing at home, but there is that increased, I guess, expectation.”
“I think it was a really good start,” remarked the defending champ about Monday’s contest. “Happy with the way I played. I thought I served really well. There isn't really anything that I'd say I have to go out on the practice court and work on. Tomorrow I will go out there and practice and I will be trying, you know, to fine tune a few things. But I think the first round is down, and it was a good start. As the week progresses, then you work on whatever you need to.”
Stosur will now be preparing for a second round meeting with Edina Gallovits-Hall. The Romanian emerged from a close-fought match against Stefanie Voegele with a 7-5, 6-4 win in round one.
As the world No. 123, Gallovits-Hall is a big outsider here. She’ll need to produce one of the best performances of her career if she wants to stand a chance against Stosur on these courts. This is arguably the best surface for the Aussie’s game.
“It's a nice pace out there, not too fast,” explained Stosur when asked why she’s so effective in New York. “It's quite high bouncing. I think for me using the spin and the way I like to serve, you know, I can use those things really to my advantage. I can get the ball up high straight from the word go. Then you can keep your opponent off balance. I think those couple of things combined made me feel comfortable out there.”
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