Stosur blasts into second round

By on June 25, 2013

Sam Stosur

Through … Samantha Stosur blasts into the second round. Source: AAP

Samantha Stosur blasted her way into the second round at Wimbledon with a dominant win over Slovakian teenager Anna Schmiedlova on Tuesday.

Wimbledon: Ladies Singles

Round 1, 25/06/13

Sch 1 3
Sto (14) 6 6

The 14th seed made an ideal start to her 11th straight Wimbledon campaign, needing little more than an hour to secure a 6-1 6-3 win.

Stosur has set up a second-round clash with Russian Olga Puchkova.

The 29-year-old Australian is targeting a breakthrough result at the grass-court grand slam, having never made it past the third round.

While her best results have come on clay and hard courts, Stosur looked every bit the grass-court player on Tuesday.

Lucky loser Schmiedlova, ranked 119th, lost in qualifying but earned a spot in the main draw because of a withdrawal.

But her reward was a daunting opening encounter against Stosur, the highest-ranked player she’s faced.

Despite serving and striking the ball well, the 18-year-old was blown off the court as Stosur blended ferocious power with deft touch to wrap up the first set in 27 minutes.

Stosur wasn’t quite as clinical in the second set but she wrapped up a professional performance with minimal fuss.

Stosur is the sole Australian woman playing in singles at Wimbledon, the first time the nation has only one female representative since 1950. | Tennis

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