After a big battle in the first round, Samantha Stosur scored a straight-set win over Japan's Misaki Doi in the second round and reached the quarterfinals of the HP Open in Osaka, the International tournament where the Australian won her maiden WTA title just two years ago.
Stosur opened the event against Thailand's world No.168 Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (you can call her Nok for short). Leveled at 5-5 in the final set, Stosur survived a six-deuce game and scored a break to win 6-3 3-6 7-5 for only her second victory since her US Open triumph. Luckily, Stosur had an easier job in her following match, beating Misaki Doi 6-2 6-4.
Last year at the tournament Stosur lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm at the quarterfinal stage. Date-Krumm later played the historic final in which she and eventual champion Tamarine Tanasugarn had a combined age of 73. This year, Tanasugarn is through to the quarters so far. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)