WTA Carlsbad: Victoria Azarenka and Sam Stosur won to dump both Radwanska sisters out of Southern California Open
Last Updated: 04/08/13 10:20am
Sam Stosur: Will face Virginie Razzano in the semi-finals in Carlsbad
Victoria Azarenka and Sam Stosur both won on Friday to dump the Radwanska sisters out of the Southern California Open in Carlsbad.
Former US Open champion Stosur knocked out second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska with a hard-fought 7-5 2-6 6-3 win, while top seed Azarenka made short work of Urszula with a facile 6-1 6-2 triumph.
Stosur needed two and half hours to eventually get the better of her Polish opponent, edging a tight final set which saw her break twice to get over the line.
"I'm obviously very happy with today's win," Stosur said. "To come to a tournament where you weren't expecting to play and decide at the last minute after being given a wild card, it's fantastic to have really made the most of that opportunity and now be in the semis."
But the Australian's semi-final opponent was involved in an even more brutal encounter, France's Virginie Razzano needing over three and a half hours to get past Petra Kvitova.
The three-hour, 35-minute contest was the second-longest on the WTA Tour this year, behind Bethanie Mattek-Sands' three-hour, 42-minute victory over Anastasia Rodionova on the clay courts of Charleston in April.
Razzano took a 5-3 lead in the decising set, but let three match points slip away. Kvitova then served for the match at 6-5, but Razzano broke her to force the decisive tiebreaker which she duly won to complete a remarkable 6-7 (6/8) 7-5 7-6 (10/8) triumph over the third seed.
Things were much more comfortable for Azarenka who breezed past the younger Radwanska sister in just 75 minutes to set up a semi-final date with Ana Ivanovic.
The Serbian former World No.1 booked her place in the last four with a 6-1 6-7 (1/7) 6-2 win over Italy's Roberta Vinci.