Sam Stosur loses again at home…..must be nerves!


Sam Stosur suffered another setback in her build up to the first grand slam of 2012 as she crashed out of the Sydney International. Fifth-seeded Stosur, who also lost in the second round in Brisbane, will now head into the Australian Open short of match practice following the 6-2 6-4 defeat to Francesca Schiavone. Schiavone, who beat Stosur in the 2010 French Open final, was never troubled as she secured a second-round clash with Daniela Hantuchova, a 7-5 6-2 victor over Roberta Vinci.

Stosur was not the only seed to fall at the first hurdle, though, as sixth-seeded Vera Zvonareva was comprehensively beaten 6-1 6-2 by fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. Despite the two upsets, defending champion Li Na and fellow seeds Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska and Marion Bartoli all booked their place in the second round.

Li needed just 66 minutes to account for Russian qualifier Ekaterina Makarova 6-0 6-3, while third-seeded Azarenka beat Stefanie Vogele 6-2 6-1. No.7 seed Radwanska overcame her sister Urszula Radwanska 6-1 6-1, while eighth-seeded Bartoli toppled Polona Hercog 6-3 6-3. South African qualifier Chanelle Scheepers set up a second-round showdown with French Open champion Li with a 6-4 6-2 win over Melinda Czink.

Dominika Cibulkova will face No.1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki after a 6-2 4-6 6-4 success against Peng Shuai, while Alexandra Dulgheru routed Sofia Arvidsson 6-1 6-1 and she will now take on Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.




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