Australian Samantha Stosur advanced to her second straight final by beating her doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Kremlin Cup yesterday.
Kuznetsova was unable to hold serve at all in the first set, winning just six of 23 points when serving, while Stosur was broken twice as well. Stosur took a 5-1 lead in the second, but then failed to serve out the match twice.
“At the start we were both struggling to hold serve and she had love-40 again on me and my second service again and I was able to get out of that,” Stosur said. “And I think that gave me a little bit of a head up and to win that first set 6-2 was good. It was still pretty tight all the way through with who was going to hold.”
Stosur sealed the victory on her second match point when the Russian sent a shot wide.
“We know each other’s games pretty well. So I guess you’ve got to take your opportunities when you get them,” she said.
Stosur will face fifth-seeded Simona Halep in today’s final after the Romanian beat unseeded local favorite Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 yesterday.
In the men’s event, French top seed Richard Gasquet was due to meet Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic in one semi-final while the other was to be contested by Andreas Seppi of Italy and Russia’s Mikhail Kukushkin.
Gasquet advanced to the semis with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Russian wild-card Teymuraz Gabashvili in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Additional reporting by staff writer