Stosur Wins at WTA Charleston; Schiavone in Barcelona
Aussie Sam Stosur won her second career singles title and first top-level WTA event on Sunday, rolling over Russian Vera Zvonareva in the claycourt final of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.
“To be able to play that well in a final is a great feeling,” said Stosur, who collected her first claycourt title. “You always hope you’ll do that, but to actually go and perform that way is very, very pleasing. Vera and I played a few weeks ago in Indian Wells and I was able to do it there too. Obviously I wasn’t taking anything for granted here, and I definitely had to play well.”
Stosur improved to 2-5 in career finals, and became the first Aussie to win the Family Circle Cup title. Cracking 36 winners in the final, Stosur kept it to under an hour, and recorded her fifth win in a row over the Russian. Zvonareva was also the 2008 runner-up to Serena Williams, and falls to 10-12 in career finals.
Top-seeded Italian Francesca Schiavone captured the Barcelona Ladies Open title on Sunday, crushing countrywoman Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 in the final.
It was the third career singles title for Schiavone, and first since Moscow in 2009.
“I played at a very high level and I was having fun playing,” Schiavone said. “Roberta had some problems with her ankle so it wasn’t easy for her. It just wasn’t her day. For me, this is good preparation for Fed Cup and upcoming tournaments on clay, like Stuttgart and Rome.”
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