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After her recent win at the Southern California Open (beating top-seeded Victoria Azarenka in two short sets) 29-year-old Samantha Stosur has finally broken through. The current World No. 11 has only won one Major in the singles category (at the 2011 U.S. Open, where she slaughtered Serena Williams in the final), but it’s that champion experience that just might bring her back to the top when the Australian ace competes at Flushing Meadows this year.
"It's been a little bit up and down,'' she says. "This year has certainly been a little tough. I'm very, very happy now to get another win and hopefully that can mean some good things in the future."
After a surprising loss in the first round against 17-year-old Victoria Duval, Stosur remained a good sport. “I feel like credit to her,” Stosur said. “I’m not going to be a sore loser and say she didn’t do anything. But I think I certainly helped her out, that’s for sure.”
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