Sam Stosur is through to her third semifinal at the French Open. The Aussie defeated Dominika Cibulkova 6-4 6-1 by successfully executing her game plan from the first “Reprise” to “Jeu, set et match”. Kicking her serve over the diminutive Slovak’s head Stosur backed it up with her heavy topspin forehand, a playing style Cibulkova compared to a man’s game and which is especially effective on red clay, Stosur’s favourite surface.
In her next match Stosur will clash with yet another ankle biter. First time slam semifinalist Sara Errani is only 1.64 m (or 5 ft 5 in), but the Italian took out 10th ranked Angelique Kerber and has proven herself to be one of the best clay court players of the season, winning three titles on the red surface.
The H2H between the two players is 5-0 in favour of Stosur, but Errani is having a great run on clay this year and at Roland Garros. Errani’s advantage: she has nothing to lose. Stosur’s advantage: experience in big Grand Slam matches. I expect a great and tantalizing match between these two clay lovers.