TENNIS

Stosur wins first match at Qatar Open

Stosur wins first match at Qatar Open
Samantha Stosur has won her match in Qatar against Anastasija Sevastova 7-5 6-4 after a two hour rain delay.

Australia's Sam Stosur has held her nerve after a two hour rain delay to defeat Latvian Anastasija Sevastova 7-5 6-4 at the Qatar Open.

World No.21 Stosur, who elected to skip the Fed Cup for Australia, took an early break and raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set in Doha, but a string of errors allowed world No.35 Sevastova to break back and level at 4-4.

Sevastova gave up the first set with a double fault and Stosur took 11 minutes to close the match after leading 4-3 when rain delayed play.

AAP