Tokyo Gallery: The Penultimate Fighters
Samantha Stosur and Angelique Kerber faced some fierce resistance in the semifinals in Tokyo.
Published September 28, 2012 12:00
Sam Stosur had lost second round in Tokyo the last three years but this time reached the semifinals.
But some inspired play from her opponent - as well as a rare injury struggle - would hold her back.
Nadia Petrova never lost her serve and broke Sam Stosur three times to record a 64 62 semifinal win.
The second semifinal saw Angelique Kerber face good friend and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.
Agnieszka Radwanska dominated the Asian Premier swing last year, winning in both Tokyo and Beijing.
And Agnieszka Radwanska picked up right where she left off against Angelique Kerber on Friday afternoon.
Agnieszka Radwanska hit 20 winners to just four unforced errors for a 59-minute, 61 61 semifinal win.
By virtue of the win, Agnieszka Radwanska secured a stay at No.3, holding No.4 Serena Williams at bay.
Nadia Petrova signed autographs after reaching the 23rd WTA final of her career - her record, 11-11.
Kveta Peschke and Anna-Lena Groenefeld were the first team to reach the doubles final on Friday.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Julia Goerges in the semis.
Istanbul hopefuls Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears snapped up the second spot in the doubles final.