Australian Sam Stosur Returns To Winning Form At Southern California Open

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It’s been an admittedly tough stretch for Australia’s shining tennis star, Sam Stosur since she stunned the world in 2011, topping Serena Williams in the final of the US Open. Since her win in New York, Stosur had failed to secure another singles title, until Sunday. The 29-year-old entered the Southern California Open in Carlsbad as a wild card and fought her way to the event title, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-3 in Sunday’s final.

Stosur had previously had a rough go against world number three ranked Azarenka. However, that all changed she won her first match against the Belarusian in nine tries. Additionally, this was Stosur’s first appearance in a tournament final since she lost to the same opponent in Doha last October.

Just a week prior, Stosur had been ousted from the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford and consequently requested a last minute entry to the Southern California Open. Citing the need for match level competition, Stosur is thankful she was granted entry into the Carlsbad based WTA event.

“You can practice all you want, but at some point, you got to put it into play in matches,” Stosur said. “That was the reasoning behind coming here. You got to put yourself under that pressure of playing matches. That’s why I came, and obviously now, very, very pleased with that decision.”

With just three weeks until the 2013 US Open, Stosur received a lift in confidence she so desperately needed after an up-and-down stretch since her triumph there two years ago.

“I think this is a huge boost for me,” Stosur said. “I haven’t had great results for really all year, so to be able to bounce back and come away with this is really exciting and a good boost going into the last slam of the year.”

With her win in Carlsbad, Stosur is expected to be just outside the top-ten entering Flushing Meadow, rising from world number 13 to number 11. This was Stosur’s fourth career singles title.