Venus was in imperious form in the first set, with great stats for every part of her powerful game; and took it 6-2. The second set was a different story, with Stosur coming out fighting and, having raised her game, went into a 2-0 lead. Venus broke back to 2-2 and, from then on, the two stayed together with some of the best tennis of the week being played. Both players’ serves were firing and their ground shots were a feast to behold. This great play eventually led to a tiebreak, where Stosur ran out an easy winner, taking it 7-2, with the set having taken 61 minutes. The final set was an equally close run affair, with Venus finally managing to break the Australian for a 5-4 lead just before serving it out to take the match after two and a half hours.
The jubilant Venus will play her first semi final of the year against Li Na, who steamrollered her way past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-1 in the evening session.