Sam Stosur had to be at her battling best to make the 2nd Round at Roland Garros, reeling off five games in a row to see off Japan’s Misaki Doi.
The Australian veteran took a set lead – and a left wrist injury – into Tuesday’s tie after bad light stopped play on Monday.
In only their third meeting, the two Devonshire Park-bound players, were involved in a real ding-dong contest.
Doi edged the second set 6-4 and sped into a 3-1 lead, looking the most likely to progress.
But Stosur’s stirring comeback resulted in five successive games to triumph 6-2 4-6 6-3 and set up a clash against China’s Shuai Zhang – her Doubles partner.
Stosur said about the wrist:
“I was pretty concerned because I wasn’t feeling as good as what I was yesterday that’s for sure.”
“She was playing very aggressively, and any opportunities she had to step meant all of a sudden I felt on the backfoot – I had to work out a way to turn that around.”
The 2010 French Open champion had to rely on her all round game as she had to ditch arguably her strongest weapon, her thunderous backhand, because of her wrist injury.
Yet her one-handed sliced backhands came good in the end, although failed to provide the usual advantage.
Left-hander Doi, who narrowed missed out on being seeded as world #38, failed to exploit Stosur’s backhand once the Aussie moved through the gears in the final set.
And her lack of experience at the majors, having yet to surpass the 2nd Round in Paris, proved to be her downfall.