Stosur swagger returns after reuniting with coach

Wed May 27, 2015 8:59am EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Sam Stosur's decision to re-hire the coach who led her to grand-slam glory four years ago is paying off at the French Open, the Australian said after she blazed into the third round for the loss of one game.

Stosur won the 2011 US Open and reached the 2010 final at Roland Garros under the guidance of David Taylor, and last month she and Taylor resumed their professional partnership.

The 26th seed beat French wildcard Amandine Hesse 6-0 6-1 on Wednesday to set up a meeting with defending champion Maria Sharapova.

"I think going back with Dave, that's given me confidence," Stosur, 31, told a news conference.

"It's just been a very easy transition from when we first started again to now ... okay, yeah, get on the court, kind of back to what it was two years ago, knowing what I've got to be doing.

"It comes easily again now."

Since leaving Taylor in 2013, Stosur worked with two other coaches but failed to reproduce the form that had sent her to fourth in the WTA rankings.

After a few weeks with Taylor, she is back to winning ways, and claimed the title at the Strasbourg International last weekend.   Continued...

Samantha Stosur of Australia plays a shot to Amandine Hesse of France during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Vincent Kessler