Sam Reaches QFs, Venus Next
Published May 13, 2010 12:00
MADRID, Spain - Already projected to reach a new career-high of No.7 in the world after this tournament - with the possibility of Top 5 - Samantha Stosur is clearly in the form that took her to the French Open semifinals last year. And on Thursday she made the quarterfinals of the Premier-level Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open with a 76(3) 62 win over Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder.
Stosur, the No.8 seed, was occasionally in a little bit of trouble in the first set against Schnyder. Neither player gave up a service game but Stosur was 0-30 serving 4-5 and 15-30 at 5-6; she delivered and cruised through the tie-break though, and the second set zipped by in a mere 29 minutes.
"Patty is obviously different than other players," Stosur said. "She gets her opponents running to one side, then you leave the whole court open and you're done. I just tried not to give her as many chances to hit angled forehands and open up the court." Highlights: Stosur vs. Schnyder
Stosur has won 21 of her last 24 matches now: "I've been playing well since Indian Wells. That all started on hardcourt and it has been running onto the clay courts, too. It's just one of those things. You win a number of matches in a row then you grow in confidence, and it doesn't matter what surface you're on."
Schnyder is one of the most dangerous opponents on clay, not just because she was a semifinalist here last year, but also because she has more wins than any active player on clay. She had also won both previous meetings with Stosur, including on the same surface in Rome a few years ago. She has also been as highly-ranked as Stosur is about to be - her career-high is No.7.
Next up for Stosur is Venus Williams, who won her third round match on Wednesday. Williams is 3-0 against Stosur - all of those matches came in straight sets, and none of the sets went past 6-4. But Stosur is ready.
"It's Venus. You expect a good match. Clay is probably not her favorite surface. I've never been able to win against her, but I'll give it my best shot. I'm happy with my progress. I'm just going to enjoy it and whatever happens happens."
In other afternoon matches, No.13 seed Li Na beat Alona Bondarenko, 63 64; Shahar Peer beat wildcard Arantxa Parra Santonja, 75 62; and Aravane Rezai held off a late charge from Andrea Petkovic to win, 64 76(8).
Rezai looked like she was cruising to a comfy straight set victory as she went up, 64 20, but Petkovic fought back, holding set point at 5-4 and two more at 6-5 before the pair played a dramatic tie-break, where Rezai saved a fourth set point before finally closing it out on her seventh match point.
In the night match, Jelena Jankovic beat Anabel Medina Garrigues, 62 60. Read more about Jankovic's win over Medina Garrigues here.