Stosur returns to winning ways at Edgbaston

Australian second seed Samantha Stosur began her quest to win the Edgbaston WTA grasscourt event with victory on Wednesday as she tried to put the memory of her French Open disappointment behind her.

Stosur was one set up against eventual champion Maria Sharapova on the red clay of Paris before losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to the Russian in a fourth round match at Roland Garros.

But there were no such slip-ups on the grass courts of Birmingham in this Wimbledon warm-up event as Stosur started off with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over American Christina McHale.

Stosur, who had a bye in the first round, will next play fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua, who defeated Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 6-3.

Meanwhile 43-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm proved too strong for the seeded Monica Puig, the veteran edging a close encounter 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7).

But Sloane Stephens and Kirtsen Flipkens, seeded third and fourth respectively, both won in straight sets.

Rising star Stephens saw off former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-4 while Flipkens, a surprise Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, was a 6-3 6-2 winner over Camila Giorgi.

But fifth seed Lucie Safarova bowed out losing 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to in Czech compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

She will next meet lucky loser Timea Babos, who continued her run by overpowering 11th seed Madison Keys 6-2, 6-1.

Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak, following her win over British number one Heather Watson, ended home interest in the tournament with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Johanna Konta.


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