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Sam Stosur begins the defence of her US Open crowd in style

Updated: Monday, 27 Aug 2012 17:56

Sam Stosur had an easy first round outing
Sam Stosur had an easy first round outing

Sam Stosur won the first 19 points as she began the defence of her US Open title in style with a 6-1 6-1 victory over Croatia's Petra Martic.

The Australian, seeded seventh this year, was a surprise winner over Serena Williams 12 months ago but is under the radar again this time after failing to build on her maiden grand slam title.

She certainly made a statement today, though, leading 21-year-old Croatian Martic 4-0 and 40-0 before she dropped a point, and she was hardly less dominant thereafter.

It took Stosur only 51 minutes to clinch victory and set up a second-round match against either Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania or Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele.

Spain's 27th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues was an early casualty, though, the clay-court specialist going down 6-3 6-3 to Czech Lucie Hradecka.

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