Australia's Samantha Stosur celebrates her win over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in their match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. Stosur won the match 7-6, 5-7, 6-3. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Rick Rycroft
January 12, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) Australia's Samantha Stosur overcame her home-crowd jitters to rally for a 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 win over Lucie Safarova in the first round of the Sydney International on Monday.

Stosur has long struggled to match her other Grand Slam results - including a win at the 2011 U.S. Open - at her home major, the Australian Open, as well as other tournaments Down Under.

Last week, she fell to American Varvara Lepchenko 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the Brisbane International after leading 5-1 in the third set. She has also lost four times in the first round at Sydney and had a mediocre 7-7 record at the tournament before Monday's three-hour victory.

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