>> Tuesday, June 5, 2012
2009 French Open finalist and the current US Open champion, world no. 6 Samantha Stosur take to court aiming to reach her third Roland-Garros semifinal when she takes on no. 15-seed and former semifinalist Dominika Cibulkova. The Stosur-Cibulkova match will start at 2pm local time at the Court Philippe Chatrier, the grand slam's main show court. Watch the French Open 2012: Stosur vs Cibulkova quarterfinal live stream here. Stosur and Cibulkova have met once before, in the hard-courts of Stanford in 2009, and Stosur was the straight set victor that time winning 6-4 6-3.
Stosur vs Cibulkova Preview: Head-to-head: Stosur leads 1-0
Dominika Cibulkova may be the shortest player in the Top 100, but against Victoria Azarenka on Sunday she looked like a giant. For 107 minutes, Cibulkova outhit, out-thought and outfought the World No.1 to secure a thrilling upset victory and advance to the last eight in Paris for the second time in four years. Here she will meet 2010 French Open runner-up Samantha Stosur. Over the past few years, Stosur has established herself as one of the WTA's leading exponents of clay court tennis, with her trademark kick serve and big forehand propelling her to 55 wins on the surface since 2009.
Stosur's formidable weapons, lofty ranking and experience at the business end of majors see her start as favorite, but Cibulkova will not be daunted by the challenge; she holds 13 career Top 10 wins and demonstrated against Azarenka that she is certainly not afraid to fight fire with fire.
4th Round Recap: Stosur beats young American
The fourth round proved a match too far for Sloane Stephens, who succumbed to the US Open champion Samantha Stosur. The rising young American was always challenging without ever quite threatening an upset.
Stephens, 19, a new name to many at Roland Garros, is the first American teenager through to the fourth round here since a certain Serena Williams 11 years ago. She reached her first WTA semi-final, in Strasbourg, only days before the French Open began. That performance earned her a new career high ranking of 70, and she will rise into the top 60 as a result of her impressive performance in Paris this week where she did not drop a set in her first three rounds.
But Stosur was a huge jump in class for her. She rose to the challenge gamely in the first set, and came back heroically in the second when all appeared to be lost, using her backhand to full effect to break twice from 1-5 down. In the gathering twilight on Court 1, Stosur – seeded no.6 here – won 7-5, 6-4 in 83 minutes.
4th Round Recap: Cibulkova takes down Azarenka
The last time they played she had the match on her racquet, blasting forehand winners from anywhere on the court and up 61 52 at one point. She couldn't seal the deal that time but this time did - Dominika Cibulkova beat World No.1 Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round of the French Open. Just like in their fourth round match at Miami in March, Cibulkova took the role of the aggressor, using her huge forehand - and some very sharp backhands - to take control of the majority of the rallies. And it was paying off in a big way for most of the match as the No.15-seeded Slovak built a hefty 62 42 lead.
For a quick moment though, she may have started having flashbacks from Miami, as that 4-2 second set lead became 4-all, and then 5-all, then 6-all... "You can't be human if you weren't thinking about that," Cibulkova said. "Today the same thing happened: I got nervous. I wasn't going for my shots anymore... But I managed to get through these emotions. When she was 6-5 up I said, 'Hey, come on, you have to play your game and just make it.' And for the tie-break I'm very, very proud of myself that I was still going for my shots and that I made it, because she would never give me the match. I just made it."
Cibulkova ended up closing it out, 62 76(4), for her third career win over a reigning World No.1 - she beat Caroline Wozniacki twice last year. "I think she plays much better against the top players than maybe a little bit lower-ranked players," Azarenka said. "She really has that desire. I don't know what motivates her to play that way. But she's a dangerous opponent - she has had big wins before, and it was no surprise she was playing that well today."
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