Australian fourth seed Samantha Stosur won her second career WTA title on Sunday, routing Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-0 6-3 in the final of the $US700,000 ($750,000) Family Circle Cup.Stosur, whose only prior WTA crown came last year at Osaka, improved to 5-2 all-time against seventh seed Zvonareva, losing twice in 2004 but winning the past five, the most recent prior match a fourth-round win at Indian Wells.With the clay-court title, 11th-ranked Stosur assured she will jump into the top 10 in Monday’s WTA rankings and signaled she could be a threat at the French Open, where she reached the semi-finals in 2009.At the Australian Open, Stosur lost to eventual winner Serena Williams in the fourth round. The 26-year-old from Brisbane also made a run to the Indian Wells semi-finals last month.Zvonareva, 25, fell to 19-6 on the year and failed in a bid for her 11th career title and her second of the year after a successful title defense in Pattaya City.Zvonareva, ranked 22nd, reached the final when Danish top seed Caroline Wozniacki retired from a semi-final with a right ankle injury. She also was a runner-up at Charleston in 2008.Stosur dominated the first set, surrendering only five points to her Russian rival. Stosur broke at love for a 4-0 edge, having allowed Zvonareva only two points in the first four games.The Aussie then held and broke again to take the set in 18 minutes.Stosur held to open the second set, a forehand winner to the far corner claiming the first game, and broke at love for a 2-0 edge, ripping her 15th forehand winner of the match down the line for the break.An ace up the middle allowed Stosur to hold at love for a 3-0 edge before Zvonareva tried to disrupt Stosur’s rhythm with high lobs.After fallng behind 15-40, Zvonareva shattered her racket on the court, smashed it twice more and kicked it under her seat in anger.The tantrum worked as Zvonareva saved two break points and won the next four points, holding to trail 3-1 after taking 35 minutes to finally win a game.But Stosur, who wore a left wristband bearing the words “attitude” and “composure”, recovered to hold for a 4-1 lead.Zvonareva held to 4-2, then jumped ahead 0-30 on Stosur’s serve and grabbed her first break when the Aussie sent a backhand wide.Stosur answered the challenge by seizing two break-point chances in the seventh game, capitalizing with a forehand winner down the line to grab a 5-3 lead and she served out at love to claim the match and the title.AFP
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