Samantha Stosur eases into Australian Open second round

  • Stosur beats Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-1
  • Australian 20th seed will next play Francesca Schiavone or Coco Verdeweghe

Samantha Stosur continued the hosts’ golden start to the Australian Open with an impressive straight-sets first-round victory over Monica Niculescu. Stosur outclassed the Romanian 6-4, 6-1 in 79 minutes to book a second-round meeting on Thursday against veteran Italian Francesca Schiavone or young American Coco Verdeweghe.

The former US Open champion is bidding to progress beyond the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the first time in 13 attempts. “Obviously I’ve had my struggles,” Stosur said. “There’s obviously a few more nerves here in a grand slam but I did alright.”

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