Stosur to face Wozniacki in Kremlin Cup final
Top seed Samantha Stosur of Australia battled back from a set down to
beat fourth seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on her way to the final of the
joint ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup tournament here on Saturday.
Stosur, ranked ninth, won through 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and will next face
former world number one and third seed Caroline Wozniacki, who also
needed three sets to get past Swede Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4.
Former French Open champion Ivanovic, 24, was in complete command in
the opening set playing aggressive tennis to produce three breaks for a
1-0 lead, as 28-year-old Stosur struggled with her serve.
No big serves were produced in the second set before the eighth game
when 2011 US Open champion Stosur broke to level at 1-1 after 39 more
minutes on court.
In the deciding set Stosur broke again in the fifth game. Ivanovic
took a break to receive treatment for a right hip problem but she failed
to recover completely allowing Stosur to make another break to enter her
season's second final.
“In the first set Ana (Ivanovic) was playing quite well making good
first shots in the rally which forced me to play defensively,” Stosur
“But in the second set I started serving a lot better and played much
more accurate on return. I improved my movement and started playing more
offensively and with that I managed to reverse and win the match.”
Earlier Arvidsson, playing her eighth career semi-final, got off to a
confident start breaking early for a 3-1 lead against Dane Wozniacki.
But Wozniacki, who is currently 11th in the world, broke back twice
to take the opening set in 40 minutes.
The opponents traded breaks in the second set and in the tiebreak
that ensued 46th-ranked Arvidsson pulled level at one set all after one
hour 46 minutes on court.
In the deciding set the rivals were still exchanging breaks but this
time Monte Carlo resident Wozhiacki was more accurate winning the set
and the match in two hours 33 minutes.
“I was really fighting out there. It's tough on this surface to
finish off the point,” said Wozniacki who will play her third final of
the season. “I had to step it up to win against her today.
“This surface suits her (Arvidsson) game much more than mine and she
could get lots of the balls. Besides, she was playing really good this
“It was tough to oppose her as we both know each other very well and
know each other's game so well. I'm just happy to make it to the final.”