Probably the most anticipated women’s match of Day 3 features Australia’s hopeful against a hard-hitting Jie Zheng.
Both players look shaky during their first rounds. Stosur struggled and battled her nerves and Zheng needed three sets to advance. Stosur has never gotten past the fourth round at the Australian Open and has failed to reach the second week in the last two years..
Her opponent Zheng, on the other hand, knows what it takes to reach the second week, making the semifinals in 2010 before losing to Justine Henin. She has reached the second week of The Australian Open the last three times she has entered from 2009-2012 (she did not play in 2011), and knows how to take advantage of her “underdog” status," as we saw in last year's Wimbledon. She pushed Serena Williams before losing 9-7 in the third set.
Zheng and Stosur have already met this season, last week in Sydney, where Zheng won the tight contest 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. But don’t read too much into that because this is anyone’s match.
Except a three setter with Stosur conquering her Aussie nerves and reaching the third round in dramatic fashion.