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SYDNEY - Australias Samantha Stosur overcame her home-crowd jitters to rally for a 7-
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SYDNEY - Australias 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. Jordan Howard Jersey .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 Mondays three-hour victory.Little separated Stosur and Safarova in a back-and-forth match. Safarova saved eight of nine break points in the first set and Stosur six of seven before the set headed to a tiebreaker, which Stosur won with a series of emphatic groundstrokes after saving three set points.Stosur then rallied from 4-1 down in the second set to level the score at 5-all before Safarova broke her for a third time to even the match.Stosur then saved three break points to take a 3-2 lead in the deciding set before breaking Safarova again when the Czech player double faulted on back-to-back points.It was relatively important win, Stosur said. I gave it everything and it was great to have the home support.It was good to step up and win the match after what happened last week, and I am very happy with it.In other matches on the womens side, sixth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia beat Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine 7-6 (1), 6-2 and Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat Sara Errani of Italy 6-0, 7-5.At the Hobart International tournament in Tasmania, third-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy overcame 23 double faults to beat Australian wild card Storm Sanders 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (6) in a 2 hour, 20 minute match, while second-seeded Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan beat Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-3, 6-4.Adrian Mannarino of France beat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-1, 6-1 at the ATP Tours Heineken Open in Auckland in the first match of a main draw gutted by the late withdrawals of defending champion John Isner, top seed David Ferrer and Frances Gael Monfils. Chicago Bears Jerseys . With the Nets winning streak in jeopardy, Williams scored 23 points, 11 in the final six minutes, to lead Brooklyn to a 104-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Bryce Callahan Jersey . Heavily-criticized after allowing a dozen goals on 58 shots in two games in Boston, Luongo continued his dominance at home. Hes now allowed two goals in three home games in this series. http://www.officialchicagobearsfootball....sey-womens . The thinking at the time was Clowney could have already been promised he would be selected first overall by the Houston Texans, therefore negating any need to meet with any other teams. The plot took another twist this week.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets will try to continue their success under new head coach Paul Maurice when they visit the struggling Washington Capitals for Thursdays meeting at Verizon Center. You catch all of the action live on TSN Jets at 6pm ct. The Jets boast a 9-2-0 record since Maurice took over behind the bench for the fired Claude Noel in mid-January. The club has won its last three games and Winnipeg can post its second four-game winning streak of the Maurice era with another victory tonight. The surge has helped move Winnipeg within two points of a playoff spot in the West. Washington, meanwhile, has damaged its playoff chances in recent weeks, although it does enter Thursdays tilt only three points out of a postseason spot in the East. The Capitals have lost three of their last four games and are just 3-7-3 over their past 13 outings. The Caps, who until this season were in the same division as the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, have won five straight in this series against their former Southeast Division rivals. That run includes a 5-4 shootout win in Winnipeg on Oct. 22 when Alex Ovechkin recorded two goals and an assist for Washington. The Jets had a three-game winning streak in D.C. snapped when the Capitals posted a 5-3 home win on April 23 of last season. Ovechkin had one goal and an assist in that victory and the Russian sniper has amassed 81 points (40 goals, 41 assists) in 54 career games against the Thrashers/Jets. Winnipeg has won all three of its games during its current winning streak by one-goal margins and each of the victories came in regulation. The Jets picked up their second straight win by a 2-1 score Tuesday in Carolina, as Chris Thorburn scored the winner with 1:03 to play to down the Hurricanes. The winning goal came as JJacob Trouba skated behind the net and came around the left side in an attempt on a wraparound. Custom Chicago Bears Jerseys. It missed the goaltender, but came to the right side and Thorburn slammed it in with 63 seconds left. Andrew Ladd had the other goal and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 shots for the win. "It wasnt our best game because I dont think we played to our strengths," said Maurice. "But the structure was deep and our defense was good so thats what pulled us through." The Jets have won the first two games of a four-game swing to improve their road record to 14-14-1. Winnipeg will close the trip this Saturday in St. Louis on the final day of NHL action before the league goes on hiatus for the Winter Olympics. The Capitals were shut out 1-0 in their last outing, as they dropped a home decision to the New York Islanders. Andrew MacDonald scored the only goal of the game early in the third period to account for the decisive goal. Michal Neuvirth made 27 saves for the Capitals, who went 0-for-6 on the power play in the loss. "Every point right now is big," said Washington forward Martin Erat. "It doesnt matter if you are playing the Islanders or if you are playing Boston. You have to play the same way all the time, and we have to get the points from every single game." Washington is 1-1-0 on a four-game homestand that will carry the club into the Olympic break. The residency ends with Saturdays tilt against the New Jersey Devils, who are currently tied with the Caps in the East standings. The Capitals. who are 15-10-4 as the host this season, will play Thursday without defenseman Mike Green (concussion) and forwards Mikhail Grabovski (sprained ankle) and Aaron Volpatti (upper body). 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