Samantha Stosur cruises to WTA semis
Stosur, the U.S. Open champion, dominated the French Open winner, dropping only the fifth game of the first set as she extended her career record against Li to 6-0.
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Kvitova had already secured her place in the semis from the Red Group before she beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (4), 6-3 later Friday. Radwanska's failure to win a set meant Vera Zvonareva of Russia will join Kvitova in the semifinals.
Stosur said she wanted to redeem herself after losing 6-2, 6-2 to Azarenka on Wednesday.
"This was a really good turnaround from the match two nights ago," she said. "I played really well from start to finish."
Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki was eliminated Thursday.
Li reached the Australian Open final in January and became the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam title when she won the French Open in June. She has won only seven matches since.
"Was up, down, up, down," Li said of her season. "Beginning of the year was like fantastic. And after Roland Garros, I think I didn't win many matches.
"I mean, up and down all the year, so I wish I could do the same level for next year."
Kvitova was looking forward to a second meeting this year with Stosur after beating her 7-6 (5), 6-3 at the Australian Open.
"The first set was very close," Kvitova said of their third-round contest in January. "It will be great match hopefully again for the people and for us. We know each other. She's playing a little bit like me, so she has a big serve.
"I have to be focused on serve and return, for sure."
Despite knowing what it would take to earn a place in the semifinals, Radwanska said she could not cope with Kvitova's aggressive style.
"Even when I was 5-1 up in the first set, to be honest, I didn't feel I was close to win the set," she said. "She start to play unbelievable ... hitting the ball very hard."
Summing up, Radwanska added: "I was trying my best today, but, you know, she was just playing too good in the important moments, I guess."
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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