Tennis - Top seed Stosur snatches victory in tense tie-break

Top seed Samantha Stosur again flirted with defeat at the Hobart International, fending off two match points before beating Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 2-6 7-6(7) to move into the quarter-finals.

Tennis - Top seed Stosur snatches victory in tense tie-break
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Samantha Stosur

Despite an assured start which saw her secure the opening set, the Australian crumbled in the second and continued to wobble in the decider.

But Stosur recovered to force a tie-break before reeling off five of the last six points to snatch victory from Mladenovic.

"Midway through that second set it actually felt like things were coming out a little bit cleaner, a little more solid," Stosur said.

"I was really pleased to come back after being two match points down and I think the third set was probably the best tennis I've played all week."

The Australian had also required a final set tie-break in her first round clash with qualifier Madison Brengle.

Kirsten Flipkens survived a scare of her own as she narrowly beat Storm Sanders 4-6 7-6(3) 7-6(5) while third seed Elena Vesnina was forced to retire with a hip injury when trailing to Spanish qualifier Estrella Cabeza Candela 4-6 6-2 4-1.

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