Sam Stosur vs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
Sam Stosur will be looking to build on her impressive victory over Lucie Safarova when she takes on Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the second round at the Sydney International on Tuesday.
Sam Stosur rebounded from her extremely disappointing first round loss to Varvara Lepchenko in Brisbane with a gutsy three set win over Lucie Safarova. Stosur received a lot of criticism this week after losing to Lepchenko despite leading 5-1 40-30 during the deciding set. Stosur responded with a passionate performance to beat Safarova 7-6 5-7 6-3 in difficult conditions.
Stosur served very well throughout the match, more importantly she served well under pressure. Stosur found herself down 0-40 in the fifth game of the third set, but managed to win five straight points to conjure up a critical service hold. Sam confidently served out the match, a good sign after her capitulation against Lepchenko.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova had a solid run to the Semi-Finals in Auckland, eventually succumbing to Caroline Wozniacki in three sets. The two met once again in the opening round in Sydney, Wozniacki was forced to retire due to a wrist injury, handing Strycova a second round showdown with Sam Stosur.
Surprisingly, this will be the first career meeting between the two. This promises to be a fascinating encounter, it will be interesting to see how Strycova deals with Stosur's serve. Stosur should be full of confidence after her win over Lucie, I think she should be able to overpower Strycova and win relatively comfortably.
Prediction: Sam Stosur to defeat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in straight sets