Aussie Sam Stosur became the shocker into the French Open semifinals on Wednesday, defeating Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 6-3 to become the first Aussie in 20 years to reach a Slam semi since Nicole Bradtke in 1988 on the clay at Roland Garros.
“I’m over the moon,” Stosur said. “Before the match I was nervous, for sure, but I think it helped me playing my last two matches on center court. Once I got out there I felt good and comfortable and just wanted to play.”
Cirstea was also appearing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
No. 7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova also moved into the semis with a 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-5 grinder over No. 2 Serena Williams.
Serena, of course, says she lost the match rather than the Russian winning.
“Maybe I could have won the first set, and then maybe I could have won the first two sets,” Williams said. “In the third I had an opportunity and I got tight, and I gave it to her. It was like, ‘Here, do you want to go to the semis? Because I don’t.’ She was like, ‘Okay.’”
The women will come right back on Thursday for the semifinals, with world No. 1 Dinara Safina against No. 20 seed Dominika Cibulkova, and the No. 30-seeded Stosur vs. the No. 7 Kuznetsova.
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