Sto­sur likes odds as Ser­ena Grand Slam spoiler


Sa­man­tha Sto­sur, the last woman to beat Ser­ena Wil­liams at the US Open, likes her chances of dis­rupt­ing the Amer­i­can star's cal­en­dar Grand Slam bid if she gets the chance.

"I've al­ways ac­tu­ally quite en­joyed play­ing Ser­ena. I've got a game that disrupts her," Sto­sur said Wed­nes­day. "You have to have the game. My game matches up well against Ser­ena. I've got the kind of weapons that can bother her."

And the 31-year-old Aus­tralian ad­vises ri­vals to play their own games and keep the pres­sure on the world num­ber one if they hope to de­rail her bid for a fifth Slam ti­tle in a row when the Flush­ing Mead­ows fort­night be­gins Au­gust 31. "No doubt she is go­ing to be feel­ing the pres­sure, as much as you can when you've won four Slams in a row and go­ing for a fifth," Sto­sur said. "You know she wants to get that cal­en­dar Slam. She's not im­mune to the nerves and pres­sure. "You have to go af­ter it. What­ever it is you do, you have got to bring that at the big mo­ments and make it hap­pen." Com­ing off a clay-court ti­tle at Bad Gastein, sec­ond seed Sto­sur ad­vanced to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the WTA and ATP Washington Open with a 6-1, 7-5 vic­tory Wed­nes­day over Amer­i­can Irina Fal­coni.

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