TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan - Samantha Stosur overcame a stern second round test against Slovenian qualifier Dalila Jakupovic, needing to come back from a set down to reach the quarterfinals of the Taiwan Open.
The No.146-ranked Jakupovic was two games away from sealing the upset in the second set, but Stosur stormed back to close out the match 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
"I didn't feel like I was playing too bad, because I had lots of chances to win many of the games," the Australian explained in her post-match press conference. "I earned many break points but wasn't able to convert them, and every time she had one chance she took it.
"It felt like I should have been leading in the first set, so it was tough to start out the second set thinking about how I was going to convert all these chances. By the third set, I feel like I was playing my best tennis."
Stosur let four break chances go by before Jakupovic grabbed an early lead, breaking three times to take the opening set. The Australian finally converted to start the second, wrestling with the momentum as Jakupovic surged back to level the match at 5-5. Stosur grabbed the decisive break to close out the set with Jakupovic two games away from victory.
The Australian was in full flight in the final set, rattling off four straight games to make her way into the quarterfinals after two hours and sixteen minutes.
"We've played each other a few times, but not for many years," Stosur said. "She hits the ball very hard, very flat - it really comes through the court. I know it's going to be very difficult, and I'm sure she's feeling very confident after her quick win today."
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