Second seed and last year’s titlist Samantha Stosur crashed out of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, falling to unseeded Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-1 in the third round.
After a 4-2 lead in the first set, Stosur lost 10 of the next 11 games and the 56th-ranked Vesnina scored her first Top 10 victory since defeating Francesca Schiavone in Cincinnati last year. Vesnina said that the doubles title at the Premier-level Indian Wells with Sania Mirza lifted her confidence.
The 2010 French Open finalist Stosur had decided to skip Australia’s upcoming Fed Cup tie against Ukraine to focus on the clay court warm-up for the Grand Slam. Well, her first WTA tournament on clay this season wasn’t confidence-boosting.
Vesnina’s opponent in the quarterfinals will be No.12 seed Julia Goerges, who beat fifth seed Shahar Peer 6-2 6-3. Other Charleston quarterfinal pairs include (seeding is in brackets): Caroline Wozniacki (1) vs. Yanina Wickmayer (6), Jelena Jankovic (3) vs. Christina McHale, who upset tenth seed Daniela Hantuchova, and Peng Shuai (11) vs. Sania Mirza. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)