Stosur into third round of Italian Masters to face Li Na

SAMANTHA Stosur continues to feel at home on clay, in the lead up to the French Open.

The Gold Coast tennis ace has advanced to the third round of the Italian Open with another straight sets win.

Stosur took down Russia’s Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-3 overnight, backing up her upset win over Sabine Lisicki of Germany.


It’s a boost for the world No.20 heading into the second grand slam of the year, which begins at Roland Garros on Sunday May 25.

However, she will first have to conquer Australian Open champion Li Na in the third round of the lead-up tournament.

Also at the Italian Open overnight, Roger Federer suffered a second round defeat.

But Serena Williams cruised through, beating Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-2 and Andy Murray eliminated Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2 7-5.