21 Jan 2011

Stosur powers into Open third round

3:46 pm on 21 January 2011

The fifth seed Samantha Stosur has powered into the third round of the Australian Open, beating the unseeded Russian Vera Dushevina 6-3 6-2 in 80 minutes to join another Australian, 18-year-old Bernard Tomic, in the last 32 of the Melbourne Park grand slam.

Stosur will get a much better gauge of her title credentials on Saturday against Wimbledon semi-finalist Petra Kvitova, the Czech left-hander who won the season-opening Brisbane International.

Kvitova, the 25th seed, outclassed Anna Chakvetadze 6-3 6-4 in her second-round match and has dropped just two sets in seven matches so far this year.

She also beat Stosur 6-2 6-1 on clay in their only previous meeting at the 2008 French Open.