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Women’s side loaded in Citi Open

By: Anirudh Sridhar

Samantha Stosur is the top seed on the women's side of the 2016 Citi Open, but she faces a loaded field.

Samantha Stosur is the top seed on the women’s side of the 2016 Citi Open, but she faces a loaded field.

Top-seeded Samantha Stosur kicked off her 2016 Citi Open tournament campaign with a decisive straight sets victory over Alla Kudryavtseva. Under the hot and humid conditions on Centre Court, it only took Stosur 57 minutes to move onto the next round in front of the Washington D.C. crowd.

After winning the first set 6-3, Stosur did not give up a game for the rest of the match finishing off the Russian Kudrayavtseva 6-0 in the second set.

“I was very pleased with my play today. The conditions are very lively and bouncy and obviously hot, very different than playing on clay and does take some time to get used to it,” she said. “Once I got that first break of serve I really loosened up and played well.”

Before arriving in Washington, the Australian native and world No.14 Stosur spent some time in her home country to relax and get in some much needed practice time.

Despite an easy first round victory, Stosur will have to face many tough opponents in this tournament, including her second round opponent Caroline Wozniacki. Although Wozniacki is not currently ranked in the top 50, the once No.1 ranked player in the world is no push-over.

“It’s not every day you’re the top seed of a tournament so there is an expectation to do well,” Stosur said. “There are no necessarily easy matches, so I’ll need to be prepared to play very well from the beginning and everyone’s trying to find their form.”

Wozniacki won her first round match in straight sets as well with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Hiroki Kuwata.

Another tough opponent for Stosur will be the defending Citi Open champion, the two-seed at this year’s tournament, and the top American women at the tournament, Sloane Stephens.

The 2015 Citi Open was Stephens’ first career title and she returns to Washington this year with three more titles under her belt.

Stephens is set to take on Risa Ozaki on Tuesday in her first round matchup.

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One Response to “Women’s side loaded in Citi Open”
  1. Suresh says:

    Congrats Anirudh !

    Well written article – a good 360 degree coverage

    Well done .

    Suresh