By Tumaini Carayol
STUTTGART- Sam Stosur, Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki all moved into the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Tuesday with straight sets victories.
It was far from plain sailing for Stosur, who after speeding to an early lead against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, was quickly pegged back to 5-5 by Martinez Sanchez. However, last year’s finalist hung on to take the first set and eased through the second with the loss of only two games.
“I am pretty pleased with that, I have been practicing well on clay and it’s good to get a win.” She said afterwards.
“It [her stellar claycourt play] just happened over the last few years, something clicked and I got used to playing on clay,”
Germany’s Julia Goerges quickly followed suit, fighting back from an early break to overwhelm Holland’s Michaella Krajicek and advance to the second round in her first year of direct entry into her home tournament with a 6-3 6-0.
Next up for Goerges is Miami champion Victoria Azarenka. She was excited about the prospect of playing such a highly-ranked player;
“I look forward to [playing] Victoria Azarenka. These are the matches we work towards.”
Finally, Sabine Lisicki upset world number 27 Dominika Cibulkova with a 7-5 7-6 victory to record her third top thirty victory since Miami.
“There were the nerves, and at times my hands shook, But in the tiebreak I played confidently” She said.
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Tumaini Carayol isÂ in Suttgart covering the Porsche TennisÂ Grand PrixÂ for Tennis Panorama News. He is a Â contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault. Follow his Stuttgart coverage here and on our twitter account @GVTennisNews. Follow him on twitter at @FootFault_.