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Stosur not getting ahead of herself

Now is not the time for Samantha Stosur to start looking too far ahead, even if the USOpen draw has opened up invitingly.

Eighth seed Marion Bartoli's second-round loss has seemingly cleared a path to the quarter-finals for the Australian, while two-time champion Venus Williams's illness-enforced withdrawal yesterday removes another potential hazard in the final eight.

But after the Queenslander's defeats this year in the early rounds of the French Open and Wimbledon, nothing is a given.

And Stosur does not need reminding of that.

Last year's quarter-finalist thought the women's competition was wide open even before yesterday's surprise departures.

''I think it was open regardless of whether those two went out,'' she said.


''They are big names. I think there is a chance for a lot of people.

''But you really just have to take care of yourself and win your next match and, whatever happens throughout the draw, happens.''

Stosur set up a third-round meeting with 24th-seeded Nadia Petrova with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-4 win over American teenager Coco Vandeweghe.

The Australian ended the big Russian's grip on her at Eastbourne in June, wiping Petrova off the court 6-1, 6-4 after losing their opening four encounters.

''That is maybe a little bit of a good thing going into this next match but, again, she can be very dangerous,'' Stosur said.

The winner of their match meets the victor between 19-year-old American world No55 Christina McHale and 25th seed Maria Kirilenko in the fourth round.

Should Stosur advance to the quarter-finals, she is likely to meet world No2 Vera Zvonareva, who she has defeated in their their past seven meetings.

Stosur was provided with a strong challenge by Californian Vandeweghe yesterday despite never being in serious danger of losing the second-round match.

Having captured the first set and leading 3-1 in the second, Stosur was cruising to victory.

Vandeweghe hails from a family that can handle the spotlight and started to find some rhythm to brake Stosur's serve for the only time in the match.

Vandeweghe's mother Tauna was a swimmer at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and alternate for the volleyball team at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Her grandfather Ernie played for the New York Knicks basketball team and her uncle for a number of NBA teams.

But while Vandeweghe showed enough to suggest she would make her mark in the Big Apple one day, it was not to be against Stosur, who finished the match well.