Easy victories for Azarenka, Stosur
Victoria Azarenka and Samantha Stosur moved closer to a potential quarter-final match at the French Open yesterday with both coasting to straight-set wins as the second round got underway.
Top-seeded Azarenka from Belarus beat German qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-1, 6-1 while Australian sixth seed Stosur saw off Irina Falconi of the United States 6-1, 6-4.
Azarenka is seeking to become the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the first two Grand Slam tournaments of the year. “It was a different game for sure today,” Azarenka said.
“I didn’t really know my opponent and it took a few games to understand what she does. But after a few games I found my rhythm and definitely played much better today.”
Stosur was the runner-up here in 2010 when she was upset in the final by Francesca Schiavone of Italy.