Mirza Moves Into Final Four

Sania Mirza reached the final four on Friday and will next face Francesca Schiavone.

Published October 16, 2009 12:00

Mirza Moves Into Final Four
Sania Mirza

OSAKA, Japan - Caroline Wozniacki upheld her top seeding and moved into the semifinals of the HP Open on Friday, dispatching No.6 seed and near-namesake Aleksandra Wozniak in three sets, 62 67(1) 62.

Apart from their last meeting a few weeks ago in Tokyo, during which she retired in the first set due to illness, Wozniacki had never lost to Wozniak, going 4-0 against her in completed matches. And that became 5-0 on Friday as the 19-year-old Dane recovered from a second set blip - she led 4-2 before losing it in a tie-break - to beat the Canadian and reach her ninth semifinal of 2009.

"She won the important points in the second set, but I went out there in the third, stayed calm and did my best," Wozniacki said. "I'm happy to get through. I feel like I'm playing good tennis and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Next up for Wozniacki is No.3 seed Samantha Stosur, who beat Jill Craybas, 61 63. Stosur won her first meeting with Wozniacki last year but is 1-2 overall.

"I'll play my game, be aggressive and attack the ball," Stosur said on her upcoming match with Wozniacki. "She runs down a lot of balls and doesn't make many mistakes, so I'll have to keep my errors to a minimum."

Squaring off in the other half's semifinal will be Sania Mirza and No.4 seed Francesca Schiavone, both of whom made it past injured opponents in their quarters. Mirza beat No.2 seed Marion Bartoli by retirement, 64 20, due to a right shoulder injury for the Frenchwoman; Schiavone didn't even need to take the court as No.7 seed Melinda Czink withdrew due to a right foot injury.

"It's a problem with a tendon in my right shoulder. I felt it from the first point, but hadn't felt anything before," Bartoli said. "I'm very disappointed but I'm also in a lot of pain. I'll rest for a while so I'm in the best shape for my next tournament, the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali."

"You always like to win match point, so it was unfortunate but I felt I was playing well and was in control. At the end of the day, a win is a win. The big thing for me is that I was outplaying a Top 15 player, who was in good form," Mirza said. "I'm pleased that after two weeks of not playing my best, I'm finishing on a high and have made the semifinals. I'm playing a good friend next."

Schiavone and Mirza have played twice before, with the Italian losing the first set in both meetings but coming back to win both in three.

Mirza also discussed her recent engagement after the match: "It's great when someone loves you for who you are and stands by you whether you win or lose a tennis match. It's good to have that support. We travel a lot and often find ourselves alone. I can always pick up the phone and know he'll be there."

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