Stosur crushes Peng in Stuttgart
Wed, 25 Apr 01:09:00 2012
World number five Sam Stosur cruised into the Stuttgart clay court tournament second round with a 6-2 6-2 win over China's Shuai Peng to set up a clash with last year's winner Julia Goerges.
German Goerges, who beat Australian Stosur in the last four en route to the Stuttgart title in 2011, was made to battle a lot harder by Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova before edging past the world number 23 5-7 6-3 6-4.
"It is normal if I come here as defending champion," Goerges said. "Of course there will be expectations and the pressure is on you. I need to improve my game."
Fellow German Andrea Petkovic crowned her comeback on the tour after more than three months out with a back injury with a confidence-boosting 6-1 6-4 victory against wild card Kristina Barrois to set up a second round clash with world number one Victoria Azarenka.
Former Wimbledon finalist Bartoli pinned the Czech back with a barrage of groundstrokes and got the first break to lead 3-2 in the first before breaking again to clinch the set with a powerful two-handed backhand down the line.
Qualifier Benesova broke straight back in the first game of the second set but Bartoli upped her game again to ease home.
WTA Stuttgart : Round 1