Stosur Shaky In Spanish Start

Sam Stosur has trouble in the first round of the Madrid Masters.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Sam Stosur hasn’t had a dream 2012 by any means and her latest performance at the Madrid Masters didn’t inspire much confidence.

Stosur dropped the opening set to American teenager Chistina McHale and experienced a tough second set before winning the third easily. A win nevertheless, but not ideal preparation heading into the French Open.

The Australian star had her serve broken twice in sets one and two but she managed to win the final eight games for a standing of 2-6 6-4 6-0.

It ended up being a late night for the fifth-seeded Stosur. The match began at 10pm and finished after midnight.

“It was tough to get going at the start but once I got out of that second set, I felt pretty good out there,” she said.

“Christina played very well. She was serving well and taking the ball early off the ground. She really had me moving today. It was a tough one.”

Stosur will play Czech Petra Cetkovska, an opponent she defeated in their only previous encounter at Doha earlier this year.

In other results, Serena Williams defeated Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-1  while sister Venus lost to Angelique Kerber in only her third tournament since missing significant time due to illness.

Petra Kvitova, last year’s champion, defeated Marina Erakovic in straight sets, 6-2 6-3, and World No.13 Nicolas Almagro snuck past Santiago Giraldo of Columbia, 6-7 (7-5) 6-3 6-3.