Sam Stosur
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Stosur hopes for back-to-back wins

AUSTRALIAN Sam Stosur will attempt to achieve back-to-back wins at the All England Club for just the second time tonight.

After nine failed campaigns, including the past two first-round exits, the No.5 seed will face 21-year-old Dutch left-hander Arantxa Rus on Court 1 at 10pm.

"To get through the first round is a bit of a relief," Stosur, 28, said after her powerful first round display against Carla Suarez Navarro, winning 6-1 6-3 in 62 minutes.

"It's definitely one of the better matches I've played here over recent years."

The US Open champion, who hit 19 winners and 11 unforced errors, imposed her game on the 24-year-old Spaniard and will have to do the same against rising star Rus.

It will be their first meeting.

In her second appearance at Wimbledon, Rus won her first match on the hallowed turf with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Japan's Misaki Doi.

The world No.72 Rus, the 2008 Australian Open junior champion, achieved her career best result in a major earlier this month by reaching the last 16 of the French Open.

Melbourne's Anastasia Rodionova was bounced by top seed Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-3.

The Roland Garros champion, looking to achieve the French Open-Wimbledon double for the first time in a decade, faces Bulgarian Tsvetana Prionkova for their fourth career meeting.

Sharapova has not dropped a set for a 3-0 head-to-head record.

In other second-round matches tonight, world No.1 Novak Djokovic takes on young American Ryan Harrison.

The Serbian, who cruised past former No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3 6-3 6-1, is attempting to defend the Wimbledon title for the first time since Roger Federer in 2007.

Harrison, 20, started his second main draw at Wimbledon against Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 win.

Dangerman Tomas Berdych's shock 7-6 7-6 7-6 loss to Latvian Ernests Gulbis has opened up the Djokovic quarter, with the No.6 seed's early exit helping clear the way for a potential Djokovic-Federer showdown in the semi-finals.

No.3 Federer, who dropped just three games in his opening round, faces Italian Fabio Fognini, a surprise 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-5 winner over Frenchman Michael Llodra.

The six-time Wimbledon champion returns to centre court at 10pm.

The other major upset on day one was marathon man John Isner, of 70-68 in the final set fame, losing 7-5 in the fifth set to Colombian Alejandro Falla.

The American No.11 seed's loss ending the possibility of Isner-Mahut III - a third straight Wimbledon clash with Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.

 

Tonight's feature court schedule:

Centre Court - play starts at 10pmAEST: 3-Roger Federer (SUI) v Fabio Fognini (ITA); 7-Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) v Tamira Paszek to finish 2-2; Andrew Hlavackova (CZE) v Kim Clijsters (BEL); 1-Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Ryan Harrison (USA)

Court 1: Arantxa Rus (NED) v 5-Sam Stosur (AUS); Andy Roddick (USA) v Jamie Baker (GBR) to finish 7-6 4-2; 1-Maria Sharapova (RUS) v Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL); Xavier Malisse (BEL) v 13-Giles Simon (FRA).



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