Fri, Jun 5, 3:05am by Kevin Pitstock
Australia’s very own Samantha Stosur has bowed out of the 2009 French Open Semi Final. After progressing through the Quarter Final stage relatively easily she was faced with much stiffer competition in the Semi Final. It was the Russian 7th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova that stopped Stosur in her tracks to deny to a French open Grand Final Birth.
In what was an up and down match for both players, Kuznetsova was one that was coolest under the pressure. In the first set there were four consecutive breaks of serve until the Russian held her serve and then went on to claim the set.
She took that momentum into the second set when she raced to a 4-2 lead after breaking early. In true Aussie spirit though Stosur fought back to take it into a tie breaker. She wasn’t completely out of trouble yet though as the Russian shot to a 5-2 lead in the breaker. Stosur held her composure though and fought back to snatch five consecutive point and claim the second set.
In the deciding set of the French Open Semi Final between Sam Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova; it would come down to who could hold their nerves. Unfortunately for the Australian tennis player is was Stosur that had her serve broke and went behind in the 6th game of the set. In the previous game she had a break point she couldn’t capitalise on which proved to be costly.
Kuznetsova went on to claim the 3rd and final set to take the match 6-4 6-7 6-3. She will now meet her Russian counterpart and number 1 seed Dinara Safina in the French Open Final after she won in straight sets.
Congratulations to Sam Stosur for being the first Australian female tennis player in 21 years to make a Semi Final of the French Open. You put up a gallant fight and richly deserve your climb up the rankings.
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