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Stosur avenges French Open final loss to Schiavone in Doha

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Keywords: Sony Ericsson Championships | Jelena-Jankovic |Caroline-Wozniacki |Samantha-Stosur |Francesca-Schiavone |Vera-Zvonareva |Elena-Dementieva
Stosur avenges French Open final loss to Schiavone in Doha
Australian powerhouse Samantha Stosur made a thrilling recovery in the Round Robin match against Francesca Schiavone to avenge her French Open final loss in two closely fought sets, joning opening day winners Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva.

French Open runner up Samantha Stosur today beat French Open champion Francesca Schiavone to make a dream debut at the season ending Sony Ericsson Championships, being played here in Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar.

Click here to relive the topsy turvy moments of the match.

Stosur made a bad start to the match and lost her serves in succession to give Schiavone an opening 4-0 lead. However, the Australian star bounced back immediately to not just reel off six games in a row for the opening set but also to get back in the match on a confident note.

The second set saw stiff competiton with both players testing each other to limits. Schiavone however lost control of her groundstrokes and serve to give Stosur a chance to first grab a decisive break in the ninth game and then subsequently close the 6-4, 6-4 match in 93 minutes of play.

Earlier today, World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki and second seed Vera Zvonareva registered clinical wins over their respective opponents to make a perfect start to the Grand Finale. Wozniacki breezed past Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-1 in just 53 minutes of play and Zvonareva got the better of Serbian Jelena Jankovic with a 6-3, 6-0 scoreline.

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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Men Singles  Final
Stanisl.. (SUI) Winner 2 4 7 6
Roger Federer (SUI) 1 6 6 2
Wawrinka - Federer    4 - 6    7 - 6    6 - 2   
Served By: S Wawrinka Won By: Wawrinka
Game IN, Winner: Wawrinka!!! Flat serve aimed at T, Federer delivers a backhand return, couple of shots exchanged, Wawrinka flashes a forehand cross-court winner.
40-15   IN, Winner: Wawrinka!!! Quick serve pointed at T, Federer works a forehand return, brief rally, Federer fails to keep a cross-court backhand in the play.
30-15   IN, Winner: Wawrinka!!! Sharp angled slice serve, Federer only reaches to it.
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