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

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Sam Stosur: Will face Virginie Razzano in the semi-finals in Carlsbad

Sam Stosur: Will face Virginie Razzano in the semi-finals in Carlsbad

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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.

Razzano marathon

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.

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