The Courier-Mail



SAM Stosur has fought through to the second week of the US Open in her best result at the tournament in three years.

She is Australia’s last surviving hope in the Grand Slam tournament after defeating Italy’s Sara Errani 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

The No.22 seed is now preparing to go head-to-head in the fourth round with a player she has never before beaten, Errani’s compatriot Flavia Pennetta.

When asked what she needed to do to win, Stosur said: “Something I have never done before.

“I have never beaten her before. I think we have played six times. I need to knuckle down and be clear with what I want to do and what tactics are going to work for me,” she said.

When explaining what she found so difficult about playing Pennetta, Stosur said: “She can take away some of my weapons, which is why I find it very hard.”

Stosur, who freely admits to getting nervous when it matters most, admitted she lost her way against Errani, before calming herself down before the start of the third set.

“I just kind of sat there and told myself to calm down and really think about what was going on and focus on my serve games,” she said.

Advancing to the fourth round marks Stosur’s best result at the US Open since 2012 when she reached the quarter-finals.

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