Sam Stosur YouTube'd opponent before Melbourne opener

Stosur beat Robin Anderson to progress into the Australian Open second round.

by Dzevad Mesic
Sam Stosur YouTube'd opponent before Melbourne opener

Sam Stosur admitted she didn't know much about Robin Anderson so she turned to YouTube to try to find out more about the 28-year-old American. On Tuesday, Stosur started her last singles tournament with a 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-3 win over Anderson to progress into the Australian Open second round.

"I YouTube'd a little bit, but there wasn't a whole lot on there. Stubbsy [coach Rennae Stubbs] spoke to a few different people. We knew a couple of little things. Not a lot of information," Stosur admitted after the match, per the WTA website.

"Maybe it didn't really matter at the end of the day. It was kind of like, 'All right, assess what's going on out there as the match is going on.' But first and foremost, this is how I want to play, this is what I want to do today, adjust something accordingly.

At the end of the day, I knew what I was going to try to go out there and achieve."

Stosur enjoyed the crowd support

As expected, the crowd came out and showed major support to Stosur. "[The] crowd was amazing. I twas a really nice court to play on.

It was great atmosphere," she said. "Obviously the crowd was right behind me, which was really nice and special to have. It was obviously a long match. It was a tough match. Right from the first couple of games I thought, 'No I can do this today.'

[I] hung in there and [I'm] very happy to get the win." Stosur now has a tough task ahead of her as she faces next No. 10 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. "We've played many times. It's gone both ways. We've had some really close matches, played some good tennis against each other.

Played doubles together. We know each other pretty well," she said. "Obviously it's going to be a tough one, no doubt. She's still one of the best players in the world, had a great year last year. It's the second round. I can go out there and have some fun again."

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