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Stosur reaches US Open third round
By Darren Walton
14:00 AEST Thu Aug 30 2012

Samantha Stosur is happy to fly under the radar as Kim Clijsters' premature farewell overshadowed another commanding performance from Australia's defending US Open champion.

Almost without notice, Stosur stormed into the third round with a 6-3 6-0 dispatch of Romanian qualifier Edina Gallovits-Hall on Wednesday.

The seventh seed has conceded just five games in four sets during her opening two wins.

But her march through the draw has been largely lost in the hype over Clijsters' departure from the game and the spotlight beaming down on superstars likes Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova and world No.1 Victoria Azarenka.

"It's fine. I've got no problem being in the position that I'm in," Stosur said after booking a date on Friday with American Varvara Lepchenko, the 31st seed who ousted fellow Australian Anastasia Rodionova 6-2 6-2.

"I would have thought Kim retiring should be the main story no matter who wins today.

"Yeah, that's fine. Whatever the case, I'm sure as the tournament goes on, people win, people lose, and the stories always change."

Stosur has won 13 of her past 14 matches at Flushing Meadows, her last defeat coming at the hands of Clijsters in the 2010 quarter-finals.

The seventh seed could have met Clijsters in the fourth round, but the Belgian's surprise 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) loss on Wednesday to Melbourne-born Brit Laura Robson left Stosur facing a likely last-16 showdown with in-form Li Na instead.

Stosur said Clijsters would be missed, but the former world No.1's exit was not the worst result for the Queenslander.

Stosur lost all five career encounters with Clijsters, four of them in straight sets.

"If that was the way it was going to pan out, that would have been great," Stosur said.

"I remember playing Kim a couple years ago in the quarters here. I lost 6-3 in the third. She's one of those players I never was able to beat when we played.

"If it worked out that way, that would have been exciting. I guess it's not going to happen now."

Li, who claimed her maiden US hardcourt title in Cincinnati this month, is favoured to bring Robson back to earth on Friday after extending her winning run to seven matches with a 6-4 6-4 removal of West Australian Casey Dellacqua.

Dellacqua, the world No.92 and on the comeback from serious injury, led Li 4-1 in the second set but was unable to hold on to force a decider.

"She has had a lot of tennis in Cincinnati and Montreal and has been winning and is probably playing the best she has played in a long time," Dellacqua said.

"From where I have come from, I am really pleased with where I am at. Hopefully I will be able to beat those girls within the next six months or year, but not today.

"Before I got injured, I got to 39 in the world. I feel like a completely different player now, probably a better player and a wiser player."

Lleyton Hewitt is also on the up and could climb back into the top 100 himself if he backs up his fighting 4-6 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory over German Tobias Kamke with second-round success on Friday with Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.


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