Stosur's win lifts tennis Down Under

Sam Stosur's US Open success has reinvigorated Australian tennis.
Sam Stosur's US Open success has reinvigorated Australian tennis. SMP Images - Virginie Bouyer

FITTER than ever, Sam Stosur's not the only thing in good shape on the Australian tennis circuit this summer.

The sport itself - reinvigorated by Stosur's US Open success - is also in fine health as indicated by crowd figures at the start of the Brisbane International and Australian Open ticket sales.

Day two of Brisbane's joint ATP-WTA tournament smashed previous attendance records with a total of 18,478 fans filing into the Queensland Tennis Centre.

The day session drew a crowd of 12,595 - almost 4000 better than the previous best - while Pat Rafter Arena was also packed out in a record Monday evening session with 5883 cheering Stosur on to a 6-2 6-3 first-round victory over Anastasiya Yakimova.

The Brisbane International's upgraded status to a premier WTA event has attracted a stronger women's field in 2012 with former world No.1s Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic challenging top seed Stosur for the Evonne Goolagong Cawley Trophy.


Topics:  brisbane international (tennis) sam stosur tennis

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