Sixth seed Sam Stosur cruised into the French Open semi-finals with a comfortable win over Dominika Cibulkova.
Reaching some great form at a pivotal point, the Aussie US Open champ dispatched of the Slovakian in straight sets, 6-4 6-1. She will now face Italian Sara Errani on Thursday.
It took Stosur just an hour and 25 minutes to defeat Cibulkova, who was actually competitive to begin before Stosur got ahead 3-2. Cibulkova fought back strong but couldn’t secure a break point on four attempts which gave Stosur a five games to two lead in the first set.
After shocking world No.1 Victoria Azarenka in the previous round, the 23-year-old Cibulkova couldn’t muster enough in the second set and fell rather easily.
Errani upset 10th seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-6(2). The German moved up 100 rankings in the women’s singles competition in the last year but No.24 Errani recorded a vital breakthrough- she hadn’t had a win in her last 24 attempts against top-10 opponents.
The two traded tiebreaks for the entire second set and the win makes Errani the No.1 ranked Italian women’s player, replacing Francesca Schiavone.
In the men’s, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both notched epic wins in their semi-final matchups against tough competition.
Djokovic hasn’t been red hot over the last few days but outlasted hometown favourite Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-1. Tsonga, the No.5 seed, failed to take four match points as Djokovic continues to fight his way towards a record fourth straight Grand Slam win.
Del Potro had Federer in a great position but troubles with his knee set him back and allowed the Swiss champ enough space to steal the win, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.
Djokovic and Federer meet in the semis.