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

Stosur's win lifts tennis Down Under

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.

Read more at brisbanetimes.com.au


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