The first semi final match at the Kremlin Cup on Saturday afternoon was between Caroline Wozniacki, the wild carded 3rd seed from Denmark and the unseeded Swede Sofia Arvidsson. Although Wozniacki led the head to head 6 to 2, the Dane had a long three setter in the quarters and Arvidsson had not dropped a set in the tournament. The entire match was characterised by long rallies, with Arvidsson pummelling Wozniacki’s forehand, few double faults and a cracking pace between points. Both players held their opening games before Arvidsson broke and then held for 3-1. The Dane then held, broke back, held and broke again before breaking again to take the set 6-2. The second set saw Arvidsson hold and break for 2-0. Wozniacki then broke back and held to level, before breaking again for 3-2, but Arvidsson came back to level. Wozniacki then went 4-3 up, but in a 10 minute game which included a 44 shot rally, Arvidsson again broke back and held for 5-5. Wozniacki then broke for a 6-5 lead but the Swede wanted more and came back with a break of her own to take the set to a tie breaker, which she won 7-4. The decided saw both players hold their service games before Wozniacki broke in the 4th game to go 3-1 up, before there were four breaks of serve to see Wozniacki lead 5-3 and come out to serve for the set, but the Swede again managed to break before the Dane broke her again to take the set 6-4 and the match in 2 hours 35 minutes.
The second semi saw the number one seed Sam Stosur take on the number 3 seed Ana Ivanovic. The first set was a master class of wonderful tennis by the Serb former world number one and, after both players held their opening games and then break each other for 2-2, she raced away and took it 6-2. Stosur served first in the second set and, in an 8 minute game, finally managed to hold. Ivanovic also held and games went with serve to 4-3 when Stosur managed to break for 5-3 and hold, to win the set 6-3. In the decider games went with serve until Stosur broke in the 5th game to lead 3-2, but Ivanovic had to have a 10 minutes medical time out to treat an upper right thigh injury and she was unable to take another game on the resumption of play, with Stosur closing out the set 6-2 in what was a real anticlimax after such great tennis by both players until Ivanovic’a injury.
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