WTA Tournament of Champions 2013 – Group Sredets
Armeec Arena, 5pm Local
In what is likely to settle the winner of Group Sredets in Sofia, Ana Ivanovic (Bio) plays Samantha Stosur (Bio) to kick off proceedings in the Bulgarian capital on Thursday. Check out the Ivanovic v Stosur Head to Head.
Ivanovic defeated the home favourite Tsvetana Pironkova in her opening round robin match with ease, breaking serve six times and dominating on return in the 6-0 6-2 victory. The Serbian won a massive 64% of points on return as she dominated the majority of the match, with a break at *3-1 up in the second set the only blip in her performance. Wildcard Ivanovic almost qualified for the tournament by right in Linz but failed to take advantage of her leads in the match against Angelique Kerber.
Meanwhile, Stosur carried on her good run of form with a straight sets win over Elena Vesnina in her opening match of the tournament. She came from a break down in the second set to seal the 6-3 6-3 win, winning six straight games in the second set. She was aided by the Russian’s 8 double faults but won 27 points on return overall while winning two thirds of her own service points as well.
Given that the two met last week in Moscow, Stosur will fancy her chances to repeat that feat as long as she serves well. Stosur leads the head to head 4-2, with the last two wins being in Moscow – this year and last year. She started slowly in their last meeting, but fought back from an early break deficit to take the match 7-5 6-4.
Prediction: Samantha Stosur in straight sets