STRASBOURG, France - Samantha Stosur continued her fine form as she made the last four of the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Thursday with a convincing victory over Spain's Carla Suárez Navarro.
The 33-year-old, who won the event two years ago, is in her 450th consecutive week as the top-ranked Australian women’s player and made it past the fourth seed 7-6, 6-4.
Both players came into the match without having dropped a set at this year’s tournament. Suárez Navarro overcame Japan’s Naomi Osaka and the American Christina McHale, while Stosur eased past China’s Duan Yingying and Madison Brengle of the US – losing just a single game in each match. It was Stosur who continued her fine form into the quarter-final.
The last time a player other than Stosur was Australian No.1 was back in 2008, but that could change this weekend. Daria Gavrilova, who could face Stosur in Sunday's Strasbourg final, will overtake her compatriot should she win the title.
Stosur enters next week's French Open seeking to at least match last year's run to the last four, the fourth time she had made it that far at Roland Garros. She lost the final seven years ago, to the Italian, Francesca Schiavone.
Suárez Navarro, 28, has twice made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, in 2008 and again in 2014.