Zvonareva & Stosur Set Up Quarterfinal Clash
Published April 20, 2011 12:00
STUTTGART, Germany - Vera Zvonareva and Samantha Stosur set up an all-star quarterfinal clash at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, both rallying past tough opponents in three sets in their respective second round matches.
Zvonareva, the No.2 seed at the Premier-level tournament, was the first to move through, breaking away from 4-all in the second set with five straight games and barely looking back for a 36 64 62 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
"We supported each other last week in Fed Cup, and now a few days later we had to play against each other," Zvonareva said. "It definitely wasn't easy but it's part of the game. It was also my first match on clay - I grew up on clay and I'm enjoying it, but sometimes I made wrong decisions on the court today."
Stosur, seeded No.5, snuck out one service break in the seventh game of the third set and rode that to beat Daniela Hantuchova, 64 26 64. Hantuchova had 40-15 in that game but Stosur won four straight points for the break.
"It was a tough one," Stosur said. "I thought Daniela played very well and it was a good standard match. For me to serve it out there and get through is great."
Stosur leads Zvonareva in their head-to-head, 5-2, and worse for Zvonareva is that Stosur has won their last five meetings in a row - in their last meeting, last year's Charleston final, she hit 36 winners in a 52-minute, 60 63 rout.
"The whole tournament is so strong. It's going to be a tough one against Sam," Zvonareva commented. "I'm excited about another tough challenge."
"Vera's a tough opponent. She's not No.3 in the world for no reason," Stosur said. "We've played each other a lot and I've done well against her. Hopefully I can reach into those previous matches and take something out of them."
Last year, Stosur went 20-3 on clay courts - so far this season, she's 3-1. "It's an important time of year for me and I haven't really played my best tennis so far this year," the 27-year-old said. "I'm trying to turn it around. Two matches here definitely helps my confidence, just in time for the clay court season."