2014/07/24

Stosur, Tomic, Radwanska and Janowicz to Play Hopman Cup

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Jerzy Janowicz

(August 19, 2013) Australia’s top ranked players Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic  have confirmed they will play at Hyundai Hopman Cup 2014.

 

Current world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska and Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz are also set to team up as Poland makes its debut at the event.

 

World No.13 Stosur is excited to return to Western Australia for the first time since 2010.

 

“I just wanted to get back to Perth. I thought this year I’d try something different again,” said Stosur, the 2011 US Open champion.

 

“It will be nice to be able to play. You know that you’re going to get three matches … and maybe that’s going to be good for me going into the Aussie Open.

 

“Hopefully that’s going to be the secret formula to me doing well,” added Stosur.

 

Tomic, 20, and the youngest player currently in the top 100, will pair with Stosur as he looks to continue his unbeaten record at Perth Arena.

 

“I had some success there earlier this year so hopefully I can do well again in 2014,” said the world No.42, who recently reached the fourth round at Wimbledon.

 

“The event always attracts strong teams so you know you’re going to get some tough matches against high quality players.

 

“The local crowds love their tennis and it’s always exciting to play in front of them,” added the Queenslander, who won his first ATP singles title in Sydney in January.

 

Radwanska and Janowicz will be looking to make their mark when Team Poland makes its first ever appearance at the event.

 

“I’m really excited to play the Hopman Cup for the first time,” said Radwanska, who holds 12 WTA singles titles at just 24 years of age.

 

“I’ve never played mixed doubles with him [Jerzy] before.  Actually my last mixed doubles match was I think five years ago so that will be fun for sure.”

 

Twenty-two-year-old Janowicz has climbed up the rankings by 73 places to be just outside the top 10 in the past 12 months.

 

“We decided it might be a lot of fun to play together at Hopman Cup,” said Janowicz.

 

Hyundai Hopman Cup Event Director Steve Ayles is delighted with the signing of the top Australian and Polish pairs.

 

“Sam and Bernie, Australia’s highest ranked players, have committed to play this event, which shows the strength and value of the Hyundai Hopman Cup. The players look at the event as a solid starting point for the new season.

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Stosur Earns First Win Over Azarenka and Fourth Career Title

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By Curt Janka

(August 4, 2013) CARLSBAD, California – Samantha Stosur wasn’t even scheduled to play this week, but made the best of her wild card entry, defeating the top seed, Victoria Azarenka in the final 6-2, 6-3. The match was perhaps less competitive than the score indicates as Azarenka never seemed to find the right length to her shots.

Without finding a feel for her shots, Azarenka never adjusted her game plan. In fact, her game plan may have got in the way of her settling into a rhythm. From the very beginning, it was clear Azarenka wanted to avoid the Stosur forehand at all costs. She continued to over hit at the Stosur’s backhand even when an easier shot was available in the other direction. Azarenka seemed to recognize this after the match saying, “I just have to be a little bit more aware of what I‘m doing on the court, what I can do on that particular day.  I kept doing the same kind of thing, so that wasn’t very smart for me to do.”

Azarenka did not put all the blame on her game, however, adding,“ have to give her credit. She played a great match today for sure. There is no doubt about that.”

The statistics for Stosur certainly concur. While Azarenka was one of 12 on break points, Stosur was an impressive four of five. Azarenka is known as a great returner, but it was Stosur that got a remarkable 80% of returns in play. Returning so well kept Azarenka’s serve in jeopardy throughout the match. Of the eight times Stosur came to net, she won seven of those points. She also hit 13 more winners than her opponent.

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One other statistic stood out even before the match started, their head-to-head record. Azarenka was previously 8-0 against Stosur. It’s not easy to overcome that kind of history, but Stosur pointed out it’s not a first for her. “I guess I went through something similar when I played Maria Sharapova a bunch of times,” said Stosur.  “I think it took ten times for me to be able to beat her.  I knew it was possible one day against Vika, but the last two matches that we played have been very, very close.  I felt like I was almost in winning positions with those two as well. So I think going into today there was no reason to believe that I wasn’t going to be able to turn that result around and win today.”

That mentality came through in Stosur’s positive body language from the start of the match to the end when she closed out the win on her first opportunity. This is her fourth career title and a much needed confidence builder heading into the final slam of the season.

“Yeah, it’s great,” Stosur said with a relieved smile. “Obviously this is the lead-up to the US Open and that’s where everyone wants to peak.  I think this is a huge boost for me.  I haven’t had great results all year, so to be able to bounce back especially from last week’s first-round loss is really exciting.”

In addition to lifting the trophy, and taking the now traditional victor’s trip down the pool slide at the La Costa resort, Stosur is now also tied for the lead in the US Open Series points race.  If her confidence, and points race standings hold, she’ll be eligible for bonus prize money and likely a deep run in New York.

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Jankovic Slays Semifinal Demons in a Three-Set Thriller

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By Ros Satar

(June 1, 2013) PARIS -With so many competitive matches on the schedule on Saturday, the Roland-Garros site had hyped up the Jelena JankovicSam Stosur contest as their one to watch – and they were not wrong.

Three years ago, many thought Jankovic’s best chance at a major title run was right here, but the semi-final against Sam Stosur was a very one-sided affair.

Stosur effectively closed down all elements of Jankovic’s counter-punching style that day, and went through to the final for the loss of just three games.

For a small time, it looked as though history might repeat itself, as the first set went Stosur’s way quite rapidly.

The pair traded breaks in the second before Jankovic was able to make that decisive break at 4-3, serving it out convincingly.

Things remained close with breaks between them until Jankovic broke again to lead 5-4.

Three match points came and went for Jankovic, who then had to save a break point before finally converting on her fourth match point, finishing with an ace.

Jankovic will face USA’s Jamie Hampton, who beat Petra Kvitova earlier today in another tight 3-set match.

Stosur was very honest about the way things had gone today.

She said: “I think that I was pretty much in control of the match and then at 3-all I felt that I was setting the point up and then missed those shots to win the point.”

Although she had fought back from 0-3 down, it proved to be too big a hole to come back from.

She concluded: “I’m very disappointed and it’s kind of hard to take a little bit.

“I thought I played well enough for the majority of the match to be through. Obviously I didn’t do enough, and didn’t do it at the right time, or whatever and yeah – I find myself out of the tournament.”

Jankovic also shared some insight into how the first set had got away from her, in much the same way as the 2010 semi-final.

She said: “I had difficulty returning her serve and obviously when I don’t return well she starts controlling the point.

“She takes real advantage of that and she starts pushing me around then court and it’s difficult.

“She starts spinning that forehand and its very heavy and then I’m in trouble, so my goal was to return the serve as deep as I can and get back in the court.”

Mentally, Jankovic seems to have found herself, and gave a fairly brutal assessment of her form in the past year, given that her next opponent (Jamie Hampton) beat her in Indian Wells in 2012.

“I was losing to pretty much everyone at the time, at that stage and I was playing really badly and my level of tennis was not there.”

Hampton came through a tough 3-set match of her own, beating Petra Kvitova.

Jankovic said: “Obviously she’s playing very well, she’s beaten some top players.

“We’re now in the fourth round so you have to be playing very well to get there.”

“She has a tough game, she’s a tough opponent to play against, she has a big forehand.”

When Jankovic is up, she is very up, and given that she plays her next round of women’s doubles tomorrow, and has yet to kick off her mixed doubles campaign (partnering Leander Paes) – how will she find the time?

She joked: “I am a woman in demand, huh?

“It’s OK, I’ll play them all, and then I’ll die at the end.”

But all joking aside – Jankovic has started playing a lot more doubles this year, in order to add elements to her game, that have often been noted as lacking.

She concluded: “When I play doubles it helps me, improves my return, my transitions game, my volleys.

“Even in the singles I think I did very well when I was volleying today, when I was coming forward so I’m learning and improving that part which is great”

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Rains Prevail Over Play in Charleston on Thursday

Raining in Charelston
By Stephanie Neppl
(April 4, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC -

Rain was forecast, and it delivered as the entire day session was wiped out. Play didn’t begin until 6.30pm, when Jelena Jankovic took on young American Jessica Pegula.

Jankovic had battled long and hard to win her first two rounds, but tonight she came out strong and bagelled Pegula in the first set. The second set was a tighter contest, with the young American going up a break and led 3-1 before Jankovic fought back to take the set and the match 6-0, 6-4. Jankovic was much less vocal on court tonight and said she wanted to stay focused and get her match completed in case the weather packed up again.

“I really wanted to come out and stay really focused and try to play some good tennis so that I could be finished before the rain,” she said. “Because you never know; it could start raining again and we’re going to be here all night.”

Jankovic was the second player through to the quarterfinals, but No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki didn’t have to play a single point when her opponent Andrea Petkovic withdrew. The German wild card has just returned from a few month layoff with a knee injury, and she said she’s had a right calf injury the past few days.

Petkovic later tweeted, “I had to pull out from my match with Caroline because of my right calf. It’s been troubling me for the past days and it got worse this morning. Thank you for your understanding and I truly hope it’s just a matter of days before I get better.”

That withdrawal left Julia Goerges as the only German left in the draw. Her match was moved from one court to another and back again due to weather and court issues. Eventually Goerges and Stefanie Voegele played their match on Althea Gibson Court and the Swiss came from behind to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of a premier tournament for the first time. She’ll face Wozniacki on Friday in the night session.

Sam Stosur and Genie Bouchard were forced to endure a lengthy start to their match as well due to issues with Billie Jean King court. The players finally stepped on the court just after 9pm and the Australian, who won the title here in 2010, was clearly still hampered by her calf injury. She quickly lost the first set 6-1 and had the trainer come out afterward to try and reinforce the taping on her calf. She tried to keep on but down 0-2 Stosur retired, sending Bouchard into the quarterfinals to face Jankovic on Friday.

The Friday schedule of play is packed with matches as the tournament tries to catch up after all matches on the top half were cancelled. Play gets underway at 11am on Friday with Venus Williams against Vavara Lepchenko, followed by Serena Williams versus Mallory Burdette.

The Friday schedule of play is packed with matches as the tournament tries to catch up after all matches on the top half were cancelled. Play gets underway at 11am on Friday with Venus Williams against Vavara Lepchenko, followed by Serena Williams versus Mallory Burdette.

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

FAMILY CIRCLE CUP – CHARLESTON, SC, USA
$ 795,707.00
MARCH 30 – APRIL 07, 2013

RESULTS – APRIL 04, 2013
Women’s
Singles – Third Round

[2] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [WC] A Petkovic (GER) walkover
[Q] E Bouchard (CAN) d [3] S Stosur (AUS) 61 20 Retired
[9] J Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] J Pegula (USA) 60 64
S Voegele (SUI) d [10] J Goerges (GER) 36 61 63

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Huber (USA) d H Chan (TPE) / O Govortsova (BLR) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 05, 2013
BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
[12] V Lepchenko (USA) vs [5] V Williams (USA)

Not Before 1:00 PM
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [Q] M Burdette (USA)
[WC] B Mattek-Sands (USA) or M Keys (USA) vs [12] V Lepchenko (USA) or [5] V Williams (USA) – POSSIBLE COURT CHANGE
[1] S Williams (USA) or [Q] M Burdette (USA) vs [11] S Cirstea (ROU) or [6] L Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 PM
S Voegele (SUI) vs [2] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN)
A Barty (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs [2] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)

ALTHEA GIBSON start 11:00 am
[WC] B Mattek-Sands (USA) vs M Keys (USA) 00
[11] S Cirstea (ROU) vs [6] L Safarova (CZE)
[9] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [Q] E Bouchard (CAN) or [3] S Stosur (AUS) – POSSIBLE COURT CHANGE
[4] J Goerges (GER) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs M Moulton-Levy (USA) / S Zhang (CHN)
K Mladenovic (FRA) / L Safarova (CZE) vs [3] V King (USA) / L Raymond (USA) – AFTER REST IF NECESSARY

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Kiwi/Aussie Showdown Next at the Family Circle Cup

 

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By Stephanie Neppl

(April 2, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – Marina Erakovic is the lone New Zealand tennis player ranked in either the top 100 of the WTA or ATP tours.

The 24-year old Kiwi ended New Zealand’s drought of tournament wins in February this year when she won the Memphis hard court title. She became the first Kiwi with a tournament win on the WTA Tour since 1989, the year after she was born.

“You know, it was a great week for me,” Erakovic said. “It was something that I had on my to do list for quite sometime and I achieved a goal of mine, so I was just very happy. I’ve just got to keep working and maybe try and get some more titles.”

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On Tuesday at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, Erakovic took on former top 5 player Daniela Hantuchova on the Althea Gibson Court. Based in rankings it wasn’t an upset, but Hantuchova is a WTA tour veteran whose year end ranking has been in the top 32 every year since 2002. Currently ranked 75, the Slovak broke serve to start the match but Erakovic, ranked 65, played a better tiebreak to take the first set 7-6 (2). The Kiwi got the early break in the second and held on to win 7-6 (2) 6-4.

Erakovic said she thought both players were nervous at the start. “I felt like I managed a good tiebreak that first set to take that first set and then in the second I got an early break and I managed to just maintain that lead. So overall, a good day.”

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In 2012, Erakovic advanced to the third round, where she lost to Serena Williams in her first visit to Charleston and she’s happy to be back at the Family Circle Cup.

“I really like Charleston. The first time I played was last year and so I just enjoyed the whole atmosphere,” she said. “The people here are just super, super nice and friendly so they just make you feel right at home.”

Next up for Erakovic is Australia’s Sam Stosur, the Family Circle Cup champion in 2010.

“Sam is one of the best players out there at the moment and actually our games are sort of very similar,” Erakovic said. “I have never played her on the clay so that will be a new one and I’ve just got to do my thing, play my game and stay positive.”

Erakovic will team up with American Jessica Pegula in the doubles draw. The alternate team replaced the injured Anabel Medina Garrigues and her partner Hantuchova after the Spaniard withdrew from both the singles and doubles events due to a right knee injury she sustained at the end of her match yesterday.

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

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Venus and EleVen Aim to Shine in Charleston

CNote and Venus EleVen Exo

By Stephanie Neppl

(April 1, 2013) CHARELSTON, SC – Venus Williams is ready to return to the place which was instrumental in her qualifying mission for last year’s London Olympics. A year ago, Williams hadn’t played much due to her Sjögren’s syndrome and she was ranked No. 87 when she stepped on the Har-Tru courts in Charleston.

 

She made the quarters in 2012, losing to Sam Stosur in a three-set battle. From then she successfully improved her ranking, made the Olympic team and walked away with her fourth gold medal, her third doubles gold with little sister Serena.

 

Venus recalled the battle and says revisiting each of the tournaments which helped her achieve Olympic Gold last year reminds her of her triumphs.

 

“I fought very hard to get back to where I was – back to the top 20,” she said. “For me last year the triumph wasn’t winning the tournament or anything like that, it was just any accomplishment was a triumph.”

 

Venus admits that battling back from being ranked No. 134 in the world to No. 24 “was one of the toughest and amazing and most exhilarating things I’ve ever done in my life.”

 

Despite withdrawing from her second round match in Miami last month due to a back injury, Venus says she is happy to be back and ready to play.

 

“I really wanted to be here,” Venus said. “I love this tournament and I have really great memories from here last year.”

 

Also appearing on the courts in Charleston is Venus’ clothing line EleVen.

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Monday night in Charleston, Venus and her EleVen brand were featured in an exhibition match on Althea Gibson Club Court. She was joined on court by her Washington Kastles teammate Arina Rodionova, Tennis Channel’s Danielle Dotzenrod and Sports Illustrated contributing writer Courtney Nguyen, all dressed in the EleVen attire. Several local Charleston women also got the chance to play doubles in a World Team Tennis style exhibition, also dressed in EleVen.

 

Venus said the EleVen line is going well. “We’re good. We’re small. But we’re growing and I think that’s the best way is to grow strategically and it’s great because more than anything people really like the clothes and that’s more than half the battle.”

 

Venus was all smiles during the relaxed exhibition and gets one more day off before playing Monica Puig of Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

 

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

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Serena Williams Returns to the Family Circle Cup

 Serena Day 2 Press Conference
By Stephanie Neppl

(April 1, 2013) CHARLESTON, SC – Two-time champ and defending champion Serena Williams leads a stellar field for the 2013 Family Circle Cup in Charleston this week. Coming off a record sixth title in Miami, there’s no time for the world No. 1 to rest as she kick starts her clay season on the green clay.

Last year’s Charleston win kick started a stellar 12 months for Williams, which saw her win two slams, two Olympics gold medals and the year-end championships plus retain the number one ranking.

Williams said her semis and final last year here were amazing. She dropped just two games against Sam Stosur in the semis before winning the final 6-0,  6-1 against Lucie Safarova. “I really don’t know if I’ve played better, ever. Hopefully I can kind of rekindle some of that fire,” she said.

When discussing her Miami win, Williams said she was happy she was able to solve problems on her own when she was down, and commented that on-court coaching is not for her.

“I don’t do it so much,” she said. “For me I like to solve problems and I think in Miami I solved a lot of problems. I was down in several matches and I was able to solve and figure it out on my own.”

Although Williams doesn’t use the on-court coaching, she says she definitely notices when other players do. “I do think about it and I think like ‘OK, ha I’m in now’ so it makes me feel good,” she said.

Williams will launch her 2013 Family Circle Cup against Camila Giorgi of Italy during Tuesday’s day session.

2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki and 2010 winner Sam Stosur are the 2nd and 3rd seeds, with Sloane Stephens as the 4th seed.

Stephanie Neppl is in Charleston covering the Family Circle Cup for Tennis Panorama News. She spends all her spare funds traveling to tennis tournaments and has played since her teen years. She has worked as Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland’s ATP and WTA tournaments. Follow her live updates on Twitter at @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal Twitter @stephintheus and her blog  http://ihaveatennisaddiction.blogspot.com.

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Azarenka and Stosur Withdraw From Indian Wells with Injuries

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

(March 14, 2013) BNP Paribas Open top seed Belarusian Victoria Azarenka and seventh seed Australian Samantha Stosur withdrew from their quarterfinal matches on Thursday due to ankle and calf injuries respectively.

“On my warmup today.  I tested it out as much as possible,” Azarenka said.”  I tried absolutely everything I could to do, but I have been advised by the doctor, by my own team, that it’s just a very, very high risk already.

“Well, in medical term, it’s a right‑foot injury, and there is a big inflammation in both ‑‑ and tendinitis,” Azarenka continued.  Around tendinitis, there is a big inflammation which keeps bothering one part or another, I mean, it cannot get better with me playing on it, especially playing last three matches on it.

“It’s just worse.  I tried not to practice yesterday, and to see if it will settle down at least a little bit.  I felt yesterday was better, not walking in my tennis shoes.

“But today, once I started doing the exercise, that was it.”

 “I hurt my right calf muscle in the last game of my match against Mona Barthel when I was serving for the match, so I don’t know if you can get any more unlucky than that, “ Stosur said. “I think we only played another four points in that match. I felt something go in my calf and it was hurting a fair bit. Yesterday I took the day off practice and only did treatment, probably iced it about 10 times. This morning I thought I would give it a shot, and tried to go out and warm up, and after about five minutes I knew that there was no chance I could play unfortunately.”

“It’s really disappointing. I had a bit of a rough start to the year and I feel like now my tennis has really picked up, and I’ve been playing really quite well these last few days. I love the conditions here at the BNP Paribas Open and I love playing in front of this crowd, so to have to pull out without even being able to get on court is probably as bad as it gets. I think this is only the second time I’ve ever pulled out of a match in my career, and unfortunately there isn’t anything I can do about it.”

With the withdrawals Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki  advance and will face each other in the semifinals of the Indian Wells tennis event.

Should Maria Sharapova win her semifinal against Maria Kirilenko she’ll move up to No. 2 ranking pushing Azarenka down to No. 3..

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Stosur Building Confidence, Comes Back to Beat Peng

Sam Stosur interview

By Curt Janka

(March 11, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, California – Sam Stosur had to dig deep and come from behind in the third set to beat Shuai Peng 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Peng may have been a familiar opponent, but the match was much more tightly contested than their lopsided head-to-head record would suggest. Stosur has now beaten Peng all 5 times they have met.

Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

Asked if her previous record against Peng helped when the match was close, Stosur responded “Not necessarily, but I guess knowing that in the back of your head it does give you a little bit of comfort knowing that, ok, I’ve had success against her. There’s something about my game she doesn’t like and if I can get back to that then I’m in with a good shot.” However, she also added “You’ve got to stay focused on the match at hand. Having won those four doesn’t mean you’re going to win five.”

That was certainly true today when Peng upped her level of play in the second set, grabbing an early lead. Stosur fought her way close to breaking back, but couldn’t convert against her determined opponent.

Shuai Peng

Shuai Peng

Again in the third set, Stosur found herself down an early break. “When I lost serve early in that third, I knew that I really had to step it up,” she said. “I wasn’t playing bad, but I probably wasn’t doing enough. Then I played two really good games to get back on track, and then those last four, which I was really happy with.”

Stosur next faces the winner of a later match between Ana Ivanovic and Mona Barthel. Asked who she would prefer to play, Stosur said, “I’ve played Ana quite a few times—had some success, had some close matches—but I’ve never played Mona. I know Ana very well, I don’t know Mona so much, so I’ll take a little bit of a look at that one.”

Over Stosur’s career, her wins seem to come in patches when her confidence is elevated. This year got off to a rocky start, but it appears that she is starting to accrue confidence, reaching the quarterfinals in Doha and Dubai. The setting here in Indian Wells also seems to add to her comfort level.

“I do feel like I’m in a good spot at the moment. I feel like the conditions here suit my game. I’ve made it to the semis here one time. I do feel like I’ve played really good matches here and I’ve won the doubles as well. I think getting through a mach like today is really important for me.”

On the topic of doubles, Stosur was in that draw as well this year, playing with Lisa Raymond, until they ran into her countrywoman Casey Dellacqua. Asked what it was like losing to another Aussie, Stosur smiled wide and said, “I’m disappointed to lose not matter who I’m playing, but I guess if it’s Case, and she can go through, hopefully they can do very well.”

Stosur didn’t have a steady doubles partner lined up at the beginning of the year, but  she said, “Lisa’s partner that she was signed up with pulled out after Australia, so I said that I would play the Middle East, here and Miami. Now actually we’re going to go through and play the Slams together and a few other events. We’ll play a little bit more and hopefully we can do well.”

More wins in doubles could only add to her growing confidence in singles and bodes well for the rest of the season.

While it was a little cooler here earlier in the week, today was hot and sunny, which seems to be Stosur’s preference. Since spring is almost underway here and summer is just ending back in her Australian home, does she ever get to experience the winter season?

“I don’t typically like the cold too much,” Stosur laughed. “Tennis players follow the summer around the world. This is a really nice part of the year at home in Australia that I’m never home to experience, but this isn’t too bad either.”

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On the Green Carpet – Photos from the 2013 BNP Paribas Open Players’ Party

Victoria Azarenka and Redfoo

Victoria Azarenka and Redfoo

"Austin Powers" and Caroline Wozniacki

“Austin Powers” and Caroline Wozniacki

(March 7, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, California – The BNP Paribas Open held their players’ party at the IW club on Thursday night. The tennis players drove up to the “Green Carpet” in classic cars included  Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka, Redfoo, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova, Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, John Isner, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sam Stosur, James Blake, David Ferrer,  and a host of others including Austin Powers.

Photos by Curt Janka and Maria Noble. Follow Tennis Panorama News’ BNP Paribas Open coverage here and on our twitter @TennisNewsTPN.

 

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