|Samantha Stosur begins US Open with 6-1, 6-1 win|
28 August 2012
New York: US Open defending champion Samantha Stosur of Australia trounced 64th-ranked Petra Martic 6-1, 6-1 in the tournament’s first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“As soon as I got here, it was just a good feeling and excitement to be back to a city that obviously brought me so much last year,” The Associated Press quoted Stosur as saying.
Stosur stunned Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the 2011 final at Flushing Meadows for her first Grand Slam title.
But in 2012, Stosur had lost in the first round in front of the home fans at the Australian Open. She lost in the second round at Wimbledon, then again in the first round at the London Olympics.
“Today kind of carried on from exactly how I was feeling last year,” Stosur said. “Hopefully that’s a good omen. … Last year I did feel that comfort out there and nothing bothered me; today was along the same lines.”
Against Martic, who withdrew from the Olympics with a left foot injury, Stosur won the first 19 points, five away from a golden set, before the streak ended on a double-fault.
“It pops into your head and you think, ‘Oh, that would be cool,’” Stosur said of winning a set without dropping a point.
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