SAMANTHA STOSUR continued her march through the women’s draw at the French Open with a classy straight-sets defeat of Slovakian ninth seed Dominika Cibulkova.
The Gold Coaster won 6-4 6-4 in the third round on Friday to reach the last 16 of a grand slam for the first time since 2012.
Stosur could meet trouble in the next round, with it likely she’ll have to face 2012 champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, a player she has only beaten twice in 16 attempts.
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It came as third seed Agnieszka Radwanska became the latest big-name women’s casualty at Roland Garros.
The Pole lost to Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 6-4 to follow the top two seeds, Serena Williams and Li Na, out of the tournament.
After a frustrating start to the season and a drop in the rankings, Stosur has played some of her best tennis this year this week.
“I’m very happy with my tennis and today was my toughest match,” Stosur said.
“I thought Dominika played pretty well so I’m very happy to get through this one in straight sets and I look forward to the next round.
“I just love playing here. I’ve had some really great moments here and some of the best matches of my career actually.
“Hopefully I can still have a few more