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Stosur wins in Carlsbad, Kuznetsova out in the first round

Samantha Stosur hadn’t planned to play the Southern California Open, but following her early loss in Stanford last week, the Australian accepted a wildcard into Carlsbad and progressed into the second round on Monday by beating Varvara Lepchenko 7-5 6-1. The first set lasted 57 minutes and the 2011 US Open champion Stosur recovered from an initial 3-1, i.e. two service breaks down.

Another US Open champion was in action on Day 1 of the Carlsbad tournament – it was Svetlana Kuznetsova, but she lost to Virginie Razzano 6-2 6-4. Francesca Schiavone was the third Grand Slam champion playing on Monday at the Southern California Open and she won a thriller against Flavia Pennetta 7-6(4) 6-7(6) 6-4, after wasting a match point in the second set. (source: WTA Tour, photo: © Neal Trousdale)

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