Sam Stosur wins first-round match at Australian Open

Seventeenth seed Sam Stosur defeated Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-4 to make it to the second round.

updated: January 13, 2014 13:22 IST
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Melbourne: Samantha StosurSam Stosur fought back from 4-1 down in the second set to beat Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open. (Click here for latest on Australian Open)

Stosur is trying to improve on a mediocre record at her home Grand Slam - she has never advanced past the fourth round at Melbourne Park, and was eliminated in the second round in 2012 and the first round last year. (Also read: Venus Williams knocked out)

The 2011 U.S. Open champion has spoken of the pressure of local expectations, and why she's never fared well in many other tournaments in Australia, including the recent Hopman Cup where she lost all three matches in the round-robin tournament. (Ferrer, Wawrinka enter second round)

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