Stosur, Cibulkova Set Up Thrilling(?) French Open Semis

by Staff | June 3rd, 2009, 11:09 pm

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.

Zzzzzzzzzz, wha, huh? Oh, sorry, tune in!

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9 Comments for Stosur, Cibulkova Set Up Thrilling(?) French Open Semis

Shan Says:

Anyone have a red bull?

scineram Says:

Maybe in the second round Ruano Pascual could have won the first set then the second, had she did something differently, to eliminate Serena.

jane Says:

Well, Safina is through, Kuz is getting there. I think this would set up a good final and really hope Saf wins her first slam. Kuz has one already.

Shan Says:

I’d figure Safina would beat Kuznetsova just based on better overall results this year, but I enjoy watching Kuznetsova’s game more so I’m routing for her!

zola Says:

this is a tie for me!

I love safina. I want her to have her first GS title, because she has worked so hard for it. And she can also be the “true number one”!

but Kuzzy is a hard worker too and she has not been very good at the finals.

I think I will go with Safina, just because she was so dominant in this FO.

scineram Says:

Want a slam for Safina, but Kuzzy is underrated, so there.

grendel Says:

“And she can also be the “true number one”!”

You think Serena will accept that?

jane Says:

Interestingly, after Serena lost to Kuz, she said that Safina is “already” the legitimate number 1. Ha ha. Wonder if she would’ve said as much if she had won that match? I do see how you see her running commentary as funny grendel. But some of her comments blow me away in their obliviousness. The latest thing about her not wanting to be the drama girl from the reality t.v. show is hilarious. Of all people, Serena seems to create her own drama.

zola Says:

I saw an interview with serena ( I think on tennis channel website). At one point she said something a little negative about herself and the immediately corrected it. I think she talks this way because this is the way she motivates herself. To a fan like me it comes out as arrogance, but maybe a sport psychologist can think of it as an imagery.

I think the tennis Godz did not want to leave the fans without a Safin. Brother out, sister in and she is a better version. Muchas Gracis dear tennis Godz!

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