Stosur cruises past Pironkova in second round

by: AP January 15, 2014

AP Photo

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Sam Stosur is through to the third round of her home Grand Slam for the first time in three years after a 6-2, 6-0 win over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Playing at Rod Laver Arena and before a partisan crowd that she admits she's found daunting in the past, the 2011 U.S. Open champion was dominant throughout to advance to a third-round match Friday against the winner of the later match between Ana Ivanovic and Annika Beck.

Stosur lost in the second round last year and the first round in 2012. She has never advanced past the fourth round in 11 previous attempts at Melbourne Park.

More Stories

With win over Tomas Berdych, Alexander Zverev to play for first ATP title in St. Petersburg

The 19-year-old defeated the world No. 9, 6-4, 6-4.

Monica Niculescu, Lara Arruabarrena reach Korea Open final

The Romanian defeated Zhang Shuai, 6-0, 6-4.