Stosur advances in Brisbane

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BRISBANE, Australia -- Top-seeded Samantha Stosur was among the first-round winners Monday at the season-opening Brisbane International.

The Australian Stosur beat Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 at Queensland Tennis Centre. Stosur prevailed in a close first set before dominating the second, in which Hradecka won only 38 percent of her first- serve points and Stosur won 12-of-15 service points.

Stosur, long established as a top doubles player, is coming off a breakout, yet tumultuous at times, singles season. She won in Charleston in April before reaching her first Grand Slam final at the French Open. Stosur was then knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon, but reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and finished the 2010 season ranked sixth in the world.

The 26-year-old Stosur has never advanced beyond the fourth round at the Aussie Open, which will begin January 17 in Melbourne.

Also on Monday in Brisbane, second-seeded Israeli Shahar Peer earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australian wild card Sophie Ferguson, third-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova fell to Czech Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, and fourth- seeded Marion Bartoli of France recorded a 6-1, 6-2 victory over American qualifier Vania King.

Another Day-2 upset occurred when German Andrea Petkovic pasted eighth-seeded Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 6-3, 6-0.

Aussie veteran Jelena Dokic, a wild card this week, moved on with a 6-4, 6-3 decision against Russian qualifier Anastasia Pivovarova.

Additional opening-round wins came for Czechs Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova and Russian lucky-loser Ksenia Pervak.

Sixth-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta pulled out of the draw here, citing an illness. American lucky-loser Christina McHale will fill the void.

In some second-round action here on Tuesday, Stosur will face fellow Aussie Jarmila Groth and Peer will encounter Czech Lucie Safarova.


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