Stosur happy after marathon victory

SAM Stosur has had a confidence boost ahead of the Australian open, beating Czech opponent Lucie Safarova 7-6 5-7 6-3 in a marathon first-round match at the Sydney International.

The pair had to endure rain delays in the first set, and strong winds played havoc with the serve of both players during the match that lasted more than three hours.

In a tight third set, Safarova served her ninth double fault for the match in the eighth game, giving Stosur (pictured) the opportunity to serve it out.

"It's a much better feeling winning rather than losing, that's for sure," Stosur said in reference to her first-round loss at last week's Brisbane International.

"It was very tricky conditions, windy and gutsy, and slippery after the rain delays in the first set."

Stosur, who has slipped to No.21 in the WTA rankings, will take on another Czech Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova in the second round after her first-round opponent, sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki, withdraw with the score at 6-4 1-1 in favour of Zahlavova-Strycova.

Fellow Aussie Jarmila Gjadosova also enjoyed a first-round win, downing Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-1 7-6.

Two Aussie young guns, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios are scheduled to play their first-round matches today.

Kyrgios has drawn world No.42 Jerzy Janowicz from Poland, while Tomic will face Kazakhstani qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin, who beat Queensland's John-Patrick Smith 7-6 6-3 yesterday to reach the first round.


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