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Samantha Stosur ousted in first round

Updated: January 9, 2012, 7:46 AM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur lost to Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Sydney International on Monday in another setback in her preparation for next week's Australian Open.

Schiavone beat Stosur in the 2010 French Open final and had little trouble disposing of the local favorite again.

No. 6-ranked Stosur won only one match in Brisbane last week and will be short of match sharpness in Melbourne, where she will chase back-to-back Grand Slam titles ...

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