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Samantha Stosur vs Sara Errani
Wow. That’s the only word you can really say about Stosur’s semifinal match. Just wow. After the match, Dominika Cibulkova compared Sam Stosur to a man playing tennis. And no, that’s not an insult. Stosur plays an absolute power game and when she is hitting the ball hard, cleanly, and accurately, there really isn’t much anyone on the women’s tour can do to stop her. She has one of the biggest pure power games in women’s tennis, including a huge serve and she also puts a ton of topspin on her shots, which really bite off the clay. Unfortunately for her, she only seems to be able to produce her top level at the rarest of times. But if she can do it consistently, she’ll be nearly unbeatable.
Errani also did very well to beat Angelique Kerber. Errani is in the midst of the best season of her career and it feels like she’s improving almost every tournament. Errani plays smart tennis around the entire court and makes up for her lack of power with smart and precise shot-making. She is probably the most comfortable of the 4 semifinalists on clay. Of course, none of that will matter if Stosur can hit her shots the way she did in her quarterfinal. Stosur hasn’t ever really played consecutive matches at her peak level in her career, but if she can produce that quality of tennis no one left in this draw is beating her.
Prediction: Stosur in 2
Maria Sharapova vs Petra Kvitova
Sharapova came through her quarterfinal match with ease against a seemingly disinterested Kaia Kenepi. Sharapova played well and finally showed a bit of consistency, even if it was against an opponent that wasn’t really going for her shots. Sharapova still had some trouble with her serve, as it feels is always the case now, but was solid enough from the baseline to overcome that.
Kvitova had some trouble in her quarterfinal match. Shvedova put a lot of balls back in play and it really flustered Kvitova. Kvitova hit a lot of errors just from the depth of Shvedova and from having to hit extra shots. Of course, Sharapova doesn’t play the more defensive game that Shvedova does. Sharapova plays a power game which is just less powerful than Kvitova’s-as we saw when Kvitova absolutely blasted her off the court in last year’s Wimbledon final. However, Sharapova has won their last two matches, is the more consistent player, and is more comfortable on clay.
Prediction: Sharapova in 3
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U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur reached the semifinals at the French Open for the third time in four years, beating 15th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 on Tuesday.
The sixth-seeded Stosur has won all 10 sets she's played this year at Roland Garros, where she was the runner-up in 2010 and got to the semifinals in 2009.
Serving while trailing 1-0 in the second...
Sam Stosur's most recently vanquished French Open opponent has sent an ominous warning to anyone crossing the Australian's path, saying she "plays like a man."
Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova was awestruck by Stosur's kick serve and ripping topspin during a 6-4, 6-1 win by the No. 6 seed in their quarterfinal Tuesday.
"She played unbelievable today,"...
Sara Errani of Italy beat sixth-seeded Sam Stosur of Australia 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 at the French Open on Thursday to reach her first Grand Slam singles final.
The 21st-seeded Errani won for the second straight time against a top-10 opponent after starting her career 0-28 in such matches. She beat No. 10 Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals.
Errani never made it past the third round...
For the third time in four years Australia’s Samantha Stosur has made the semifinals of the French Open. The US Open champion defeated Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 on Tuesday in Paris.
Stosur, who has won all of her Roland Garros matches this year in straight sets. Stosur won 13 of 14 points trailing 0-1, love-40 in the second set to take complete control of the match...
For the third year in a row an Italian woman has made the French Open final. Twenty-first seed Sara Errani of Italy upset sixth-seed Sam Stosur of Australia 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 on Thursday in Paris to reach her first major singles final. Italy’s Francesca Schiavone won Roland Garros in 2010 and was a finalist in 2011.
Errani who had already knocked out two former French Open champions...
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...
By Melinda Samson, Special for Tennis Grandstand
Sam Stosur and Dominika Cibulkova both have good records at Roland Garros as each player reached the semifinals in 2009 and Stosur went one better as runner-up in 2010. Prior to their quarterfinal meeting at the French Open, Stosur won the only match they have ever played against each other back in 2009.
To reach this stage of...
First of all, I have to say just how impressive Errani has been this entire tournament, but in her semifinal match in particular. She really never let Stosur take advantage of her power and played great defense, taking Stosur out of her comfort zone and forcing her to go for even more than she usually does.
Errani’s Keys to Victory:
1. Don’t go for too much- Errani reminds me...
Sara Errani of Italy reached her first Grand Slam semifinal with her first career victory against a top-10 player, eliminating 10th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (2) at the French Open on Tuesday.
The 21st-seeded Errani entered the day having lost all 28 previous matches against players ranked in the WTA's top 10.
She got off to a good start by breaking 2011 U...
A small, unheralded Italian and a very tall, very famous Russian made it through to the final of the French Open here at Roland Garros.
For Sara Errani -- who defeated reigning US Open champion Samantha Stosur 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 -- it was a dream beyond dreams. But for Maria Sharapova, the crushing 6-3, 6-3 victory against reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova took her just one step...
Maria Sharapova is a three-time major champion and a global superstar, and her story is well-known: born in Sibera, moved with her father to Florida as a kid, worked with coach Nick Bollettieri.
Her opponent in the French Open final, Sara Errani, has a tale that is far less familiar. When she was 12, she struck out on her own, leaving behind her family in Italy and heading off to...
May 27-June 10, 2012
Results – Thursday, June 7, 2012
Singles – Semifinals
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 63
(21) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (6) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 75 16 63
Doubles – Semifinals
(7) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. (5) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 46 75 75
Doubles – Semi-finals...
May 27-June 10, 2012
Results – Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Singles – Quarterfinals
(6) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (15) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 61
(21) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (10) Angelique Kerber (GER) 63 76(2)
Doubles – Quarterfinals
(5) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (2) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) 61 57 76(4)
Maria Sharapova reached her first French Open final and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking by beating fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3 Thursday, moving one victory from completing a career Grand Slam.
The second-seeded Sharapova lost her two previous Roland Garros semifinals. She'll face 21st-seeded Sara Errani of Italy on Saturday with a chance to add to major championships she...