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Hantuchova Outdoes Venus In Quarterfinals

Daniela Hantuchova ended Venus Williams' comeback run. Sam Stosur upset Vera Zvonareva.

Published June 16, 2011 12:00

Hantuchova Outdoes Venus In Quarterfinals
Daniela Hantuchova

EASTBOURNE, England - Venus Williams' WTA comeback came to an end on a windy Thursday afternoon in Eastbourne, as she was outrallied by Daniela Hantuchova in the quarterfinals of the AEGON International, 62 57 62.

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Williams, who had missed four and a half months of action due to hip and abdominal injuries, came back strong, beating No.11-ranked Andrea Petkovic in her first match back and No.18-ranked Ana Ivanovic in her second. But the No.25-ranked Hantuchova was in too much of a groove, winning 12 of her last 15 matches. Just a day before, she upset French Open champion Li Na, too.

"Obviously this is a great win and it's nice to be able to continue my good form from Paris and Birmingham," Hantuchova commented after the match.

More impressive: Hantuchova beat Williams for the first time in 11 tries.

"I was not thinking about our other matches at all. I was just focusing on my game today," she added. "I had a good win yesterday and I wanted to build on that. But I still feel there is a lot of room to improve. I'm not where I want to be yet, but I feel like I'm on the right way, which is pretty exciting for me."

"The wind didn't make it very predictable, but I give her credit for hanging in there. On a day like today, you have to just hang in there," Williams said. "I think Daniela had a lot of motivation - we've been playing I don't know how many years, and I am sure she has wanted a win against me for a long, long time."

Williams showed some flashes of the fighting spirit that has taken her to seven Grand Slam titles and the No.1 ranking, one minute facing a point for a 62 52 deficit and the next minute tucking the second set away. But the final chapter of the match was all Hantuchova - from 2-all in the third, she won 16 of 21 points.

"It wasn't the best luck today, but I feel good about my preparation," Williams said. "More than anything I was able to get a lot of great competition. This has been ideal. I would have liked to win here, but there are positives here too."

Hantuchova commented on the return of both Williams sisters to the WTA: "It's nice to see them back. I think they're great for the game. I was really looking forward to the match today and really pleased I was able to make it through."

Next up for Hantuchova is No.5 seed Petra Kvitova, who came back from a surprisingly lopsided first set to beat Agnieszka Radwanska, 16 62 76(2). Kvitova was actually down a break in the third set as well, losing serve at 3-all, but she broke right back or 4-all and was never behind again in the match.

Kvitova beat Hantuchova in their only prior meeting, earlier this year.

"Petra has a huge serve and a big game," Hantuchova said. "It will be difficult but I have nothing to lose. I already beat three great opponents and had a great time on grass so far. I'm just looking to improve a few things and have fun."

The other semifinal will pit No.6 seed Marion Bartoli against No.7 seed Samantha Stosur. Bartoli scored a 62 20 retirement victory over No.3 seed Victoria Azarenka, who had to stop due to a right thigh strain; Stosur came back from 64 42 down to beat No.1 seed Vera Zvonareva in a marathon, 46 76(4) 64. Zvonareva closed in from 5-1 to 5-4 down in the third before Stosur served it out at love, finishing it with a kick serve out wide and a hook forehand winner.

Stosur leads Bartoli in their head-to-head series, 2-1. This will be their first meeting in over a year, as well as their first career meeting on grass courts.

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