Stosur Ends Robson’s Fairytale Run in New York

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Laura Robson’s fairytale run at the US Open came to an end on Sunday after playing defending US Open champion and 7th seed Samantha Stosur.  The 18 year old lefty was in search of her 3rd straight upset and first ever quarterfinal berth in a grand slam tournament after defeating Kim Clijsters and Ni La in the previous two rounds.

Sam Stosur, however, stood in her way.  The Australian who is one of the few players on the singles tour to have transitioned from an extremely successful doubles career, proved to be too much for the teenager.  The match started tight, leaving some to speculate that another upset was in the works.  But nearing the end of the set, Stosur rose to the occasion while Robson committed a few unforced errors, giving Stosur a 6-4 lead.

Taking her momentum into the 2nd set, Stosur seemed poised to race through the match but had a hard time closing things out.  In her 9th match point, she forced Robson to strike a ball long which earned her a spot in the quarterfinals.  The final score was 6-4, 6-4 and Stosur will play 1st seed Victoria Azarenka in what will surely be one of the most excited matches of the tournament thus far.

A second quarterfinal match has also been set up between Maria Sharapova and Marion Bartoli.  Both players dropped a set in their 4th round match, with Bartoli scoring an upset against 5th Petra Kvitova.

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