FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Defending US Open Women’s champion Samantha Stosur began her defense in style on Monday morning in Flushing Meadows. The Australian demolished Croatia’s Petra Martic 6-1, 6-1 in the first round.
Stosur was so dominating that she came close to capturing a “Golden set” (a set won without losing a point) in the first set. Stosur was five points away from the rare feat.
“I knew at 4‑Love, 40‑Love that I hadn’t missed a point and the match had been going pretty quick and obviously in my favor, “ Stosur said.
“It did pop into my head for a split second. Then I hit the double fault and it was erased and I was quickly on with the next point.”
“I wasn’t trying ‑‑ all of a sudden the goal didn’t become to win a golden set. It pops into your head and you think, Oh, that would be cool. You go through and I won a couple more points and then, yeah, I hit that double fault.”
Stosur won 86 percent of her first serve points, 90 percent of her second serves and smashed 10 aces and 22 winners past her opponent.
Martic was back on the court since recently recovering from a left foot injury which forced her to withdraw from the Olympic Games.
Pleased with her opening victory, the seventh-seeded Stosur said: “A win is a win. I would have taken if it was 6 in the third, but it was 1‑1. That’s even better. I’m ready to go for the next one.”
Karen Pestaina is covering the US Open as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.