By Melinda Samson, Special for Tennis Grandstand
Coming into their semifinal match of the French Open, Sam Stosur had a winning record against Italian Sara Errani. In their five previous meetings, Stosur hadn’t allowed Errani much room, winning all five times, including a straight sets win on clay during the second round of the Rome Masters in May.
It was Errani’s first time ever reaching a Grand Slam semifinal, and Stosur’s third already at Roland Garros. What was meant to be an easy win for the Australian turned into an all-out three set battle. Errani’s best results to-date had been three title wins in Acapulco, Barcelona and Budapest. But by beating Stosur and reaching the final at Roland Garros, Errani will become the new Italian number one player next Monday when the rankings are updated.
Sara Errani of Italy celebrates after defeating Sam Stosur in the French Open women's semifinals (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Errani was well prepared for the match, saying “I ...