Brisbane Open 2012: Sam Stosur Advances In Front of Hometown Crowd

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Australian US Open champion Sam Stosur talks to media after arriving home at Brisbane Airport on September 17, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. Stosur won the 2011 US Open on Monday, beating Serena Williams of the United States. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Sam Stosur, 2011 Wimbledon Champion, got her first win as a Grand Slam champion in front of her hometown at the Brisbane International Open. Stosur defeated Anastasiya Yakimova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2 seed Andrea Petkovic found her way to the third round. After a three-set opening round match, Petkovic decided on only a first-set tiebreaker before bageling opponent Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the second set.

Petkovic started the 2012 season ranked No. 10 in the WTA.

From the Brisbane International:

"This is really a year for me to see if I can keep up with the higher expectations and if I can still improve my game and sort of just stay level headed and focus on myself," she said.

Hometown hero Bernard Tomic also got his first victory at the Brisbane International on Monday. The 19-year-old beat Julien Benneteau of France in three sets. Kei Nishikori of Japan also made it to the second round with a three-set victory.

No. 1 seed Andy Murray will take on Mikhail Kukushkin in an evening match down under.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.