Oakley's Samantha Stosur Wins The Family Circle Cup


Oakley’s Samantha Stosur earned her first title on clay and her second and biggest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title Sunday, overwhelming Vera Zvonareva 6-0, 6-3 to win the Family Circle Cup.

The 26-year-old Australian won her first title last year on hard courts at Osaka.

Stosur needed only 52 minutes to defeat her Russian opponent in the shortest final in the 38-year history of the Family Circle Cup. She is now ranked 10 in the world rankings with the victory.

“This is bigger than Osaka, and to do it here and on clay and be playing well all week and everything is just a great feeling,” Stosur said. “You can’t really compare the two, but this is definitely a bigger event, and I’m very pleased that I was able to play so well.”

Stosur lost only five points in overpowering her Russian opponent in the first set. She then went up 3-0 in the second, prompting a frustrated Zvonareva to smash her racket into the green clay three times after a double-fault.

Zvonareva went on to hold serve that game and got to 4-3 when she broke Stosur for the only time in the match.

But Stosur broke back in the next game and then held serve at love. Her first point in the final game, a 113 m.p.h. ace, won the match.

“To be able to play that well in a final is a great feeling. You always hope you’ll do that, but to actually go and perform that way is very, very pleasing,” said Stosur, who has now beaten Zvonareva five straight times. “Vera and I played a few weeks ago in Indian Wells and I was able to do it there too. Obviously I wasn’t taking anything for granted here, and I definitely had to play well.”

Stosur said she felt comfortable with her game after gaining early leads in her matches all week.

Stosur is the first Australian to win the singles title at the Family Circle Cup. She received US$107,000 and a crystal vase for her victory.


Erin Edwards


April 20, 2010