Stosur advances at Eastbourne

By on June 18, 2013

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Off to a flyer … Samantha Stosur is into the second round at Eastbourne following a straight-sets win. Source: AAP

Samantha Stosur has made an ideal start to her grass-court campaign but she admits keeping it going on her least-favoured surface is the real challenge.

Stosur began her Wimbledon tune-up with an impressive 6-2 6-3 win over Russian eighth seed Nadia Petrova in Eastbourne on Tuesday.

The Australian world No.14 joined Bernard Tomic in reaching the second round at the combined ATP/WTA event on England’s south coast.

Tomic won his first match in almost two months, beating British wild card James Ward 6-3 6-4, but Marinko Matosevic fell 6-3 6-2 to Czech veteran Radek Stepanek.

Stosur was delighted with her performance as she targets a rare run of success on grass and a hasty return to the world’s top ten.

Having never been past the third round at Wimbledon, Stosur says this time of year can make her “uptight” but she believes keeping her cool is the key to building on Tuesday’s performance.

“You look at today and it’s ‘why on earth would I never like playing on grass?’ Today was great,” Stosur said.

“But it’s hard to replicate that sometimes.

“I think the biggest thing is not putting too much pressure on yourself to make sure everything’s as perfect as what it might be on another surface.

“Sometimes you’ve got to let go from that and understand there’s going to be some rough points in a match and some great ones.”

Stosur wlll face Czech Lucie Safarova in the second round on Wednesday while Tomic meets Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who upset South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Tomic, 20, ended a four-match losing streak in style but said after the match he was still not fully recovered from the hamstring injury suffered during a first-round French Open loss last month.

With his father and coach John court-side for the second straight event, Tomic gave his Wimbledon preparation a badly-needed boost and said more time on court this week would be crucial.

“My leg’s probably not 100 per cent but I’m feeling OK out there, which is a good thing,” said Tomic, a 2011 Wimbledon quarter finalist.

”… Every match I play here is going to be more confidence for me and every match here I’m going to have to use for Wimbledon, so hopefully my leg holds up every match I play and I don’t feel it.”

It was Tomic’s first win since his father was charged with allegedly assaulting Bernard’s former training partner, Frenchman Thomas Drouet, during the Madrid Masters in May.


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