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- - GAME, SET & MATCH - STOSUR 6-2 6-0 PIRONKOVA - Yup! That's that, then! The hobbling Pironkova is instantly down 0-40, but limps around the court to fight back to deuce. Stosur proves too good for the Bulgarian from there on in, however, bludgeoning her way to the match with two unstoppable forehand winners.
- - STOSUR 6-2 5-0 PIRONKOVA - Stosur races through what is likely to be her final service game of the match. A double fault the only minor blip on a near-perfect game. Pironkova will retrieve some quick treatment on the troublesome thigh and will then be broken...
- - BREAK - STOSUR 6-2 4-0 PIRONKOVA - This one has run away from Pironkova, folks. It's going to be over quickly. Stosur takes advantage of the fact that her opponent is wounded and goes for the kill, attacking the weakened serve to break to 15. If I was a betting man, I'd put my money on a bagel!
- - STOSUR 6-2 3-0 PIRONKOVA - The Bulgarian lets out a screech of discontent as she misses two hugely gettable forehands from mid-court. She's not moving at all well around the court and shrugs her shoulders as Stosur consolidates the break.
- - BREAK - STOSUR 6-2 2-0 PIRONKOVA - Uh oh. The wheels are starting to fall off for Pironkova, who clutches at her bandaged left thigh. It hadn't seemed to be a problem up until she threw away the latest game, but she's clearly not happy.
- - STOSUR 6-2 1-0 PIRONKOVA - Another flawless service game from the home favourite at the start of the second set. She serves her way to a love game and leaves Pironkova looking hugely frustrated out on Rod Laver Arena.
- - SET - STOSUR 6-2 PIRONKOVA - Stosur's in the groove now. She races to 0-30 and then wins a fantastic exchange at the net to earn three set points. She only needs one, however, crushing Pironkova's second serve to send the home crowd into raptures.
- - STOSUR 5-2 PIRONKOVA - Stosur consolidates the break in clinical fashion. The home favourite mixes it up off the serve and forces the Bulgarian to serve to stay in the set.
- - BREAK - STOSUR 4-2 PIRONKOVA - An error-strewn game from the Bulgarian hands Stosur two more break points. Rather than attempting to hit winners, the Australian just keeps the ball in court, frustrating the Bulgarian, whose lack of discipline is becoming a real problem. She's now made 10 unforced errors and goes behind at a vital point in the match.
- - STOSUR 3-2 PIRONKOVA - This is a very even contest. The two are trading bombs from the baseline and are going after each other's serve. Stosur holds once again, but Pironkova has a few chances to put the Aussie under real pressure.
- - STOSUR 2-2 PIRONKOVA - Great recovery from Pironkova! The Bulgarian faces two break points at 15-40 and does superby well to save them both. Stosur dictates every rally throughout her service game, but Pironkova comes up with the goods. Still on serve.
- - STOSUR 2-1 PIRONKOVA - Pironkova has the first chance of a break after reading Stosur's serve well and going after it. The Aussie mixes it up when in trouble, though, sending a couple into her opponents body.
- - STOSUR 1-1 PIRONKOVA - Very solid opening service game from Pironkova. The unseeded Bulgarian is on the money; precise and powerful - not giving Stosur the slightest chance of an early break.
- - STOSUR 1-0 PIRONKOVA - Stosur holds with relative ease when she really shouldn't. The Aussie feeds her opponent a number of short balls that should be given the treatment, but the Bularian hasn't found her range yet and the chances go begging.
- - Up next on Rod Laver Arena is 17th seed and home favourite Sam Stosur who plays Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova.
|Date of Birth||30/03/1984|
|Date of Birth||13/09/1987|