Sam Stosur unconcerned by Open rival's victory

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Last updated 02:34 11/01/2014

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Samantha Stosur is adamant a crushing loss to her Australian Open first-round opponent hasn't derailed her campaign before it begins.

Top seed Stosur was thrashed 6-3 6-2 by Czech world No 37 Klara Zakopalova just hours after they were drawn to play each other in the opening round of the season's first major.

If a semi-final at the Hobart International wasn't coincidence enough, remarkably the pair have faced off in the first round in Melbourne twice before.

The Australian won both of those encounters, in 2007 and 2009, and is confident her lacklustre performance on Friday won't work against her.

"Once that day's finished, I think you've got to be able to move on," Stosur said.

"You take what you can from it, try and learn from it, go out and work on whatever it is you need to work on, but certainly don't go into that first round thinking 'oh geez' it was only a couple of days ago.

"I don't think that's going to be helpful."

Stosur can now boast only a 3-2 record over veteran Zakopalova, the seventh seed in Hobart.

Even if she can get past the 31-year-old at Melbourne Park, the world No.17 is in line to face tough matches against Sydney finalist Tsvetana Pironkova and former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic.

Stosur said she deliberately hadn't looked at her Open draw beyond the first-up clash with Zakopalova.

But she admitted it felt unusual to be meeting her again.

"It is kind of strange that we've played already twice in the first round of the Aussie and here we go again," Stosur said.

"I know that I'll have a good battle on my hands."

Stosur was flying to Melbourne on Friday night to begin practice at the Open venue on Saturday.

In an up-and-down start to her season, which began with a winless Hopman Cup campaign, she now has three wins from seven matches.

"The Hopman Cup, I played pretty decent but wasn't able to get a win so here I really wanted to get a win on the board," she said.

"So to do that back-to-back and fight through some of those really tough moments in those first couple of rounds, I don't think that could do me anything but good."

There was a bizarre start to the Hobart semi when Stosur needed a medical timeout after the warm-up because of a bleeding nose.

The 29-year-old laughed as she had her blood pressure taken by the tournament doctor, eventually taking the court after a delay of around 10 minutes.

Stosur admitted the incident had distracted her.

"When you kind of get thrown off at the start, it's hard to bring it all back together and get into that same kind of rhythm that you want to be in," she said.

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Zakopalova will play qualifier Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's final after the Spaniard beat compatriot Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-0 6-1 in the other semi-final.

- AAP

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