Stosur clinches Family Circle Cup

Australian cruises past Russias Zvonareva in final for second WTA title

Stosur clinches Family Circle Cup

With her forehand in scintillating form, the fourth-seeded Australian delivered a ruthless display on the green claycourt surface at Daniel Island to win her fifth successive match against the Russian. World number 11 Stosur broke her opponent three times in dazzling sunshine to sweep through the opening set in 18 minutes.

Trailing 0-3 and 15-40 on serve in the second, seventh-seeded Zvonareva won her first game of the match after repeatedly smashing her racket to the ground in frustration.
Although Stosur was surprisingly broken in the seventh when her backhand sailed wide, she immediately broke back for 5-3 before serving out for the title.

The 26-year-old raised both arms above her head in celebration after sealing victory with a forehand winner.

Bhupathi-Mirnyi retire
Mahesh Bhupathi had to retire due to a leg injury, forcing the Indian and his partner Max Mirnyi to settle for the runners-up trophy in the men’s doubles competition of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The fifth seeds were trailing 3-6, 0-2 against top seeds and defending champions Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia when Bhupathi retired due to a leg injury after 44 minutes of play.

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