Posted February 21, 2012 on AP on Fox
US Open champion Samantha Stosur defeated Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-1 Wednesday to advance to the third round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. The fourth-seeded Australian broke twice in the first and third sets. Stosur saved all nine break points she faced in the match. Earlier Wednesday, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the Dubai tournament because of a left ankle injury. The Australia Open champion, who has won 17 straight matches this season, says she will rest for two or three days. Later, No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki is scheduled to open her title defense against Simona Halep of Romania.
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