Hingis took out the match in straight sets, 6-1 7-6 (10-8), but was pushed all the way by Stosur who was cheered on by an adoring home crowd at Melbourne Park.
Hingis raced away with the first set winning it in just 23 minutes, and it began to look as though Stosur was about to limp out of the tournament. However, the second set was a much tighter struggle with players rarely holding serve though at 3-3, Hingis broke Stosur and then held her serve to go ahead 5-3.
Stosur fought back, and when the Aussie held her serve before breaking Hingis’, the set was all square at five games apiece. Two more service breaks saw the set head into a tiebreak, and as Stosur raced to a 5-2 lead, her confidence picked up dramatically. But the class of Hingis prevailed as she won the next four points, and despite holding off two match points, Stosur gifted Hingis the set with some unforced errors.
After the match, Hingis praised the fight of Stosur, and asked the Australian crowd to support her throughout the remainder of the tournament, as they had done in the past. “In the past, it feels like I’ve been adopted to Australia. I knocked out the last Australian and I’m sorry for that, but I hope you give me your support in the next round,” Hingis said after the match.
Hingis will now meet second seed and Lleyton Hewitt’s ex-girlfriend, Kim Clijsters in the quarter finals, after she was forced to work hard by Italian 15th seed Francesca Schiavone, eventually taking out the encounter in two tight sets.
For the first time ever, six current or former world No.1 players will contest the quarter-finals of one of the year’s four major tournaments. Hingis will join reigning queen Lindsay Davenport and former top-ranked players Kim Clijsters, Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne in the last eight.
Sam Stosur (Aus) lost to Martina Hingis (Sui) 6-1 7-6 (10-8).