INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - An all-star doubles semifinal line-up has been brewing at the BNP Paribas Open over the last few days, with the eight players left holding 41 Grand Slam titles between them.
The first team to move through to the final four was the No.1-seeded pairing of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, who continued to cruise in their first ever tournament together, rallying from an early 3-0 hole to beat the wildcard pairing of Daniela Hantuchova and Karin Knapp on Tuesday, 6-4, 6-2.
"I think we both played really well," Stosur said. "It's like each match we're starting to find a really good rhythm and play really well together. It's nice to be out there with Lisa again.
"We're trying to have a good run, so yeah, it's good fun!"
"I think it was a solid performace from Sam and I," Raymond said. "It's been a fun week getting back on the court with Sam. We've had so much success together and we're such good friends, and we both love playing out here at Indian Wells. We're just really psyched to be back in the semifinals."
The other two quarterfinals took place on Wednesday, with Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Andreja Klepac defeating Sabine Lisicki and Andrea Petkovic, 7-6(5), 7-6(7), and No.2 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina getting the better of No.7 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik, 7-5, 6-4.
"We lost to them the last time we played them in Dubai, so we knew they would be tough," Vesnina said. "Katarina is a very experienced doubles player and a great singles player as well, and Garcia is having a great season - we're very happy we stuck together and were able to get through it."
Both semifinals will take place on Thursday, with Hingis and Mirza playing against Raymond and Stosur on Stadium 1 and Makarova and Vesnina playing Jans-Ignacik and Klepac on Stadium 2.
Combined, the eight semifinalists have 41 Grand Slam titles between them. Hingis has the most Grand Slams with 16 (five singles, nine doubles and two mixed). Raymond is in second place with 11 (six doubles and five mixed) followed by Stosur (six), Makarova and Mirza (three each) and Vesnina (two).