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Result: Samantha Stosur overcomes Petra Kvitova challenge in Rome

Result: Stosur overcomes Kvitova challenge
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Samantha Stosur overcomes Petra Kvitova in three sets to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters.

Samantha Stosur has beaten Petra Kvitova in three sets to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters.

The Australian won a gritty opening set 7-5 before Kvitova levelled the contest 6-2 in the second.

Despite being broken at the start of the third, former US Open champion Stosur fought back to emphatically close out the match 6-1.

Waiting for Stosur in the quarter-finals is world number three Victoria Azarenka.

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