For the first time in days the rain ceased and the roof was open on centre court on Wednesday at the Toray Pan Pacific Open 2012 tournament being played in Tokyo as Aussie number 8 seed Sam Stosur took on twelfth seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia for a place in the quarterfinals.
Just one day after a gruelling two and a half hour second round match against Francesca Schiavone which she eventually won 4-6 6-2 7-5, US Open 2011 champion Stosur brought her massive serve with her to court for this game, serving nine aces to Cibulkova’s two, with three to nine double faults respectively. In fact, Stosur had the superior serving and break point stats for the entire match, which led her to victory with a 6-4 7-5 win.
Also playing for a place in the quarter finals was the fast rising Angelique Kerber of Germany, now number six on the WTA rankings and seeded five in this tournament, who took on her good friend Ursula Radwanska. The Polish player has been playing some good tennis since returning onto the tour from injury. Unfortunately for Radwanska, she couldn’t find any answers to Kerber’s dominant game, with the German steamrolling her opponent 6-1 6-1 in just forty seven minutes on court.
Stosur will play Maria Sharapova and Kerber will take on Victoria Azarenka in the quarters.