Australia's Samantha Stosur is through to the quarter-finals of the Prague Open. Picture:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Australia's Samantha Stosur is through to the quarter-finals of the Prague Open. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Clive Brunskill

Stosur shaping well with French Open ahead

LIKE clockwork, Australian tennis star Samantha Stosur has stormed into her first quarter-final of the year.

Rebounding from a four-match losing streak, Stosur has once again found her feet on clay to surge into the last eight of the Prague Open.

Stosur backed up her first-round win over injured Fed Cup teammate Daria Gavrilova with a 6-4 6-4 win over Czech Denisa Allertova.

In a promising sign three weeks out from the start of the French Open, the former Roland Garros runner-up crunched eight aces and dropped only seven points on serve throughout her impressive 70-minute workout.

"It was really important. I thought I served really well the whole match," Stosur said.

"I only got broken once the whole match, at the start of the second set.

"So I was really pleased I was able to break back and keep the form going."

Stosur's victory set up a showdown with big-hitting Italian Camila Giorgi, a 6-4 6-2 second-round victor over German qualifier Tamara Korpatsch.

"I know she plays very big tennis. She absolutely goes for it, hits the ball very hard," Stosur said.

"I saw her play Strycova yesterday. It was very up and down, so I'm expecting a very tough match tomorrow."

Second-seeded Petra Kvitova cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 victory over unseeded Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

Kvitova will face fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova, who prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-3 over another Russian, Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Sixth-seeded Shuai Zhang of China eliminated Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-4 6-4, and seventh-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu dispatched another qualifier, Antonia Lottner of Germany in straight sets.

- AAP


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