Serena stops Stosur to reach Charleston final

Updated: 08 April 2012 00:55 IST

Serena Williams steamrolled Samantha Stosur 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA tour's green clay Charleston tournament.

Serena stops Stosur to reach Charleston final
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Charleston, South Carolina:

Serena Williams steamrolled Samantha Stosur 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA tour's green clay Charleston tournament.

Williams needed just 59 minutes to subdue the second-seeded Australian, who beat the American in the US Open final last September but has now lost to her twice in two events.

Williams, seeded fifth, improved to 6-3 overall against Stosur, including a straight-sets victory in Miami 11 days ago in which Williams fired 20 aces.

Williams had a relatively sedate seven aces on Saturday. She saved both break points she faced and broke Stosur five times as the Australian failed in a bid to become just the eighth player to beat both Williams sisters in the same tournament.

Stosur defeated Venus Williams in the quarter-finals to spoil the chance of an all-Williams semi.

Serena Williams awaits the winner of the second semi-final between ninth-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova and 14th-seeded Polona Hercog of Slovenia.

Hercog, who surprised third-seeded Marion Bartoli in the third round, advanced Friday with a victory over 2006 Charleston champ Nadia Petrova.

The victory over Bartoli, ranked seventh in the world, was number 38-ranked Hercog's first career victory over a top-10 opponent.

The 21-year-old owns one career WTA title, but is in the semi-finals of one of the WTA's premier level events for the first time.

Topics : Sania Mirza Nadia Petrova Shuai Peng Elena Vesnina Tennis Samantha Stosur
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