Stosur eyes a spot in the semis
Australian Samantha Stosur could earn a top eight seeding at next month’s French Open if her recent purple patch continues.
The Queenslander made it 10 wins on the trot on Friday when she defeated China’s Li Na 6-3 6-3 in the quarterfinals of Stuttgart’s WTA tournament to set-up a semifinal against Russian qualifier Anna Lapushchenkova.
The victory over Na means Stosur is set to move up to ninth on the WTA rankings and a chance of a top eight seeding at Roland Garros.
“It’s great that I will be number nine, no matter what now, so if I can find myself inside the top eight that would be a bonus for Roland Garros,” she said.
“If it doesn’t, it won’t be the end of the world. I’ll still be in the top 16 seeds and obviously, the higher I can get, the better.”
The 26 year old, who won the Charleston tournament earlier this month and then both of her Fed Cup rubbers against the Ukraine, was surprised by her low error count in the win over Na, claiming the win was a lot harder than the scoreline suggested.
“It was quite a tough match and hard to get a rhythm,” admitted Stosur.
“I didn’t realise I had made so few errors [seven], so that is a good result. Any match where you go through and don’t drop serve is a good day.
“Everything has fallen into place and I am really enjoying my matches on clay.
“To get 10 wins in a row is very good.”
Lapushchenkova, ranked 138th in the world, beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 7-6(1) 1-6 6-1 and is the lowest ranked player to ever reach the semifinals in Stuttgart.