Samantha Stosur of Australia wrecked the Grand Slam hopes of Serena Williams on Wednesday, outplaying the world number one and top seed 6-2, 6-7 (2/7), 8-6 in a thrilling French Open quarterfinal.
It was an accomplished performance from the 26-year-old Gold Coast resident who firstly contained the power-hitting of the American and then left her gasping with an array of savvy stroke-making.
She could have finished it in straight sets, getting to within two points of the match on serve at 5-3 in the second, but allowed Williams back into the match before stunning her in the decider
The win put Stosur into the Roland Garros semi-finals for the second straight year, equalling her best ever performance in a Grand Slam tournament, and confirmed that she now belongs among the elite in the women’s game.
For Williams it was the end of her dream of becoming the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to achieve the calendar year Grand Slam of Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open titles.
Williams had not looked at her best in reaching the last eight but with the sun once again gracing the Philippe Chatrier centre-court she was favoured to overpower the Australian seventh seed.
The top seed had the better of the early exchanges and Stosur had to stave of two points in the fifth game before taking a 3-2 lead.
Jankovic edges past Shvedova
Serbian fourth seed Jelena Jankovic reached her third French Open semifinal on Wednesday with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova.
Nadal wears down Almagro
Rafael Nadal moved a step nearer recapturing his French Open crown on Wednesday by once again dominating Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in a quarter-final tie.
It was the seventh time in seven matches that Nadal has seen off Amalgro and means that he has reached the semi-finals without losing a set yet again. He will play Jurgen Melzer, who beat third seed Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), for a place in Sunday’s final.