Doubles partners Samantha Stosur (Player Bio) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (Player Bio) will meet tomorrow afternoon in the semi-finals of the Kremlin Cup after both women reached the the final four with straight set victories over Ivanovic and Vinci respectively. Check out the Kuznetsova vs Stosur Head to Head.
Kuznetsova is on a roll in Moscow as she beat Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 7-5 in the second round and followed it up with an even more impressive performance as she defeated Italian No. 2 Roberta Vinci in straight sets. It was a dominant 6-2, 6-3 performance, where she broke twice in the first set and once in the second set at 4-2 to secure the victory over the World No. 11. The two-time Grand Slam champion missed several tournaments this season, including Wimbledon, due to an abdominal injury. The Russian will be playing in her first semi final this season and her first at a home event since she lost to Serena Williams in 2007.Considering Stosur is also her doubles partner, this should be a very interesting match.
Stosur also defeated Ivanovic in straight sets on Friday afternoon in a rematch of their semi-final contest last year. The Serbian star took a 3-0 lead but the Australian raised the pressure and broke back twice to win the opening set. An early break in the second set was enough Stosur to topple the Serb for the second consecutive year and deny Ivanovic her lone title of the season prior to next week’s WTA championships in Istanbul. Stosur is coming off a title win in Osaka, her fifth overall career title.
These two competitors have had an interesting rivalry dating back to 2004 and are currently tied at 3-3 in the head-to-head series. Until 2011, Kuznetsova held the lead over Stosur but the Autralian has since rallied to go 2-0 against the Russian in 2013, both straight set wins in Doha and Cincinnati. Stosur also holds a 3-2 hard court lead over Svetlana, as one of Kuznetsova’s wins came in the semifinals of the French Open in 2009. Stosur has been the more successful of the two in 2013 and considering her easy wins over the Russian this year, tomorrow’s contest may be a similar affair.