04
Jan
11

Sam Stosur fails again at home as Groth wins in 78 minutes.

Jarmila Groth reeled off the final five games to bundle stunned top seed Samantha Stosur out of the Brisbane International on Tuesday night. Groth used her giant serve to slay her fellow Fed Cup squad member, the world No.6 suffering a blow to her Australian Open preparations with a 6-2 6-4 defeat in 78 minutes. The 23-year-old Melburnian sent down seven aces in the opening set and nine for the match to potentially set up an all-Australian quarterfinal clash with Jelena Dokic, who on Wednesday faces German Andrea Petkovic.

After an ugly start to the match in which she lost her first two service games and ultimately the set 6-2, Stosur staged the fightback you would expect from a top seed. She broke the world No.42 in the second game of the second set as she opened up a dominant 4-1 lead. The match seemed all but destined for a third and deciding set before a dramatic change came across the clash. Groth punished Stosur’s second serve while also stepping up her own service game to reel off five straight games and win the match with the second of three set points.

Stosur’s tale of woe was clear in the statistics. She won just eight of 23 second service points in the second set and paltry 10 of 35 for the match. The win will be a huge confidence boost for Groth, who is not seeded at the tournament, while it has also opened up the main draw following the demise of second seed Shahar Peer on Tuesday. Groth has twice advanced to quarterfinals at the Brisbane International but went no further in 2007 and again last year.

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