FORMER CHAMPION: Samantha Stosur of Australia will start her US Open tilt tomorrow.
FORMER CHAMPION: Samantha Stosur of Australia will start her US Open tilt tomorrow. ERIK S. LESSER

Tricky opener for Stosur as Aussies begin US Open campaigns

TENNIS: Former champion Samantha Stosur faces a tough opener as she bids for another crack at winning a US Open.

Stosur, who defeated Serena Williams to win at Flushing Meadows in 2011, will line up against Camila Giorgi in the first round tomorrow morning (AEST).

The Aussie reached the semi-final of the French Open this season and the 16th seed will start as favourite against the Italian, who has slipped to No.66 in the world after once reaching as high as 30.

Apart from her win in 2011, Stosur has reached the quarter-finals in New York twice in 2010 and 2012.

She made the fourth round last year before losing to eventual champion Flavia Pennetta.

But despite her good record at the final grand slam of the season, Stosur's recent form has been mediocre at best, only reaching round three at the Olympics before going out to silver medallist Angelique Kerber, before losing in the first round in Cincinnati last week.

Stosur is one of six Australians in action on day two of the US Open.

Daria Gavrilova meets Lucie Safarova, while rookie wildcard play-off winner Ellen Perez makes her grand slam debut against surprise Australian Open quarter-finalist Zhang Shuai.

In the men's draw, 14th seed Nick Kyrgios will line up against Slovenian-born British No.2 Aljaz Bedene, while Bernard Tomic, seeded 17 at the tournament, plays Damir Dzumhur in his first-round clash.

Tomic and Kyrgios are set to meet each other in round three if both get through the first two rounds.

Fellow Aussie John Millman, who reached the semi-finals in Winston-Salem last week after defeating French star Richard Gasquet, takes on eighth seed Dominic Thiem.


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