US Open: Stosur Stands In Before The Rain

The early action from day one of the US Open.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australian Sam Stosur began her defence of her US Open title Monday with a crushing defeat of Croatia’s Petra Maric, 6-1 6-1.

The win came on a day where violent storms halted much of the play. Only four matches of the final grand slam of the year were completed before the rain set in; stars Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka where just some of the big names to have their games pushed backed.

Stosur, the seventh seed, smashed ten aces before winning in just 51 minutes of action.

Stosur hasn’t won a grand slam since last year’s breakthrough against Serena Williams, but her form Monday was back to world class.

"It was a really good start -happy with the way I played," Stosur said.

"I thought I served really well. There isn't really anything that I'd say I have to go out on the practice court and work on.

"It was fantastic, great to get out there again. I felt like I was ready to go."

Fellow Aussie Casey Dellacqua made it through to the second round before the storm hit by beating Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-3.

Andy Murray, the biggest of the men’s singles won 6-2 6-2 6-1 against Alex Bogomolov Jr in his first round hit out, winning after play had once again resumed.

If you know of American James Blake, you probably know too much about tennis. The world number 114 pops up on the tennis scene every now and then and he won his opener against Lukas Lacko in four sets.

The 32-year-old is making his 12th appearance at the Open, but needed a wildcard to get there.