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By Karen Walker
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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.
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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