Stosur battles through

US Open champ needs three sets to see off qualifier

Last Updated: 11/10/11 1:24pm

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US Open champion Samantha Stosur survived a scare against Thai qualifier Noppawan Lertcheewakarn at the HP Open on Tuesday.

The top-seeded Australian was expected to steamroller the world number 168 but it turned out to be a much closer first-round match than most had predicted in Osaka.

Stosur dropped the second set against the former Junior Wimbledon champion before recovering to win 6-3 3-6 7-5 in over two hours.

Third seed Angelique Kerber had a much easier time against home hope Kurumi Nara, dropping just three games, while fourth seed Petra Cetkovska edged out veteran Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2 7-6 (7/2).

On a day of few surprises, fifth seed Jarmila Gajdosova and sixth seed Ayumi Morita also advanced.

Australian Gajdosova beat Aiko Nakamura 6-0 6-1 and Nakamura's countrywoman Morita beat Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7/3) 6-2.

There were also wins for Zheng Jie, Olga Govortsova, Erika Sema and Yaroslava Shvedova.

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