SAMANTHA Stosur has claimed her maiden fourth-round WTA berth of the year thanks to a tough three-set victory over Shuai Peng at the Miami Open.
The 14th-seed Stosur fought back from a set down to claim a 4-6 6-3 7-5 third- round victory over the world No.43 from China on Monday (AEST).
Stosur, who beat in-form fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty in the second round, broke Peng in the match's penultimate game to claim victory in two-and-a-half hours at Key Biscayne in Florida.
The 32-year-old Stosur started poorly, broken in the opening game of the match on the way to losing the first set before regrouping to take the second.
The deciding set was a see-sawing affair, with Peng losing serve in the first game before breaking back two games later.
The Australian veteran finished strongly to break Peng to love with the set poised a 5-5 before using three match points to see off her opponent's challenge in the following game.
The result improves on Stosur's previous best tournament showings of 2017 when she reached the third rounds in Doha and Taipei.
She will play the winner of world No.5 Simona Halep's clash with Anett Kontaveit.
Meanwhile, three-time champion Venus Williams made the most of her home-court advantage to steamroll qualifier Patricia Maria Tig 6-3 6-0.
The American will next play No. 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won in Miami in 2006 and was the runner-up last year.
Kuznetsova beat American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-4 6-2.
The 14th-seed Stosur fought back from a set down to prevail 4-6 6-3 7-5 over the world No. 43 from China.
Stosur, who beat in-form fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty in the second round, broke Peng in the match's penultimate game to claim victory in two-and-a-half hours.
Next up for the Australian No 1 is Simona Halep.
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