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Stosur Rounds Out Semifinal Line-Up

Sam Stosur served up a storm - she won 18 points in a row on her serve at one point - to beat Tsvetana Pironkova and make the semifinals of the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions.

Published November 01, 2013 12:05

Stosur Rounds Out Semifinal Line-Up
Samantha Stosur

SOFIA, Bulgaria - Samantha Stosur joined Ana Ivanovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Simona Halep in the semifinals of the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament Of Champions on Friday night.

Watch highlights and interviews from Sofia all week right here on wtatennis.com!

It all came down to the last round robin match of the week, which pit Stosur against the Bulgarian No.1, Tsvetana Pironkova. If Stosur won, she made the semifinals - if she lost, Elena Vesnina did.

In the end Stosur came through. The No.4-seeded Australian was lethal on her serve - she held all nine of her service games, winning 18 points in a row on her serve at one point - and broke three times in the match to beat the No.8-seeded Bulgarian, 61 64. She fired a big ace up the T on match point.

"I definitely got a lot tighter as the match went on," Stosur said. "I got off to a great start, then a tough service game trying to serve out the set. Thankfully I got through that, then it was a matter of holding serve from there. I got the break in the second set and managed to close it out, so I'm happy.

"It's been great to be able to carry on from the last three or four weeks. To come here, the last event, to finish the group on top, hopefully I can continue the momentum in the semifinals tomorrow."

And on her serving? "When I serve well, and serve at a high percentage, I tend to win a lot of points with it, so that always helps my game. It's been good so far - hopefully I can pick it up even more."

And so the final four is set - Halep, Ivanovic, Stosur and Pavlyuchenkova. Group Serdika saw Halep finish first and Pavlyuchenkova second; Group Sredets saw Stosur finish first and Ivanovic second.

The semifinal format pits first place from one group against second place from the other, and vice versa - so Saturday's semifinals are Halep against Ivanovic and Stosur against Pavlyuchenkova.

First up is the No.1-seeded Halep against the No.2-seeded Ivanovic. Ivanovic beat Halep in their only previous meeting, though it did come via retirement - Halep retired after a set with a back injury.

Next up is the No.4-seeded Stosur against the No.6-seeded Pavlyuchenkova. Stosur leads Pavlyuchenkova in the head-to-head, 2-1, though it has been two and a half years since they last played, and they have never played on indoor hardcourts - all three meetings were outdoors.

The first two matches of the day saw Vesnina rally from 5-2 down in the third set to beat Ivanovic (read more here) and Pavlyuchenkova maintain her mastery against Alizé Cornet (read more here).

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