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Doha: Stosur d. Wozniacki 10/27/2010 - 4:44 PM

Ss Caroline Wozniacki makes her opponents do two things well if they are to win. First, they must be consistent. Wozniacki gets so many balls back that her adversary must be prepared to engage in plenty of long, arduous rallies. That requires a mix of forehands, backhands, running, and above all, patience.

Which somewhat contradicts the second thing they must do—be brave. It's extremely difficult to beat Wozniacki at her own game, so when an opportunity comes, it must be taken. The alternative? Getting rallied to death.

Today, Sam Stosur earned just three break points against Wozniacki—not a lot by most estimations, even in a two-set match. But when they came, Stosur played well. She converted two of them, one per set, and it was enough to secure a 6-4, 6-3 win in her second round-robin match. Stosur played well from start to finish, but was never in firm control of the proceedings, not with the Dane earning six break points. To Stosur's credit, she saved them all.

It was a nervy final game for Stosur, serving for the match and a near-certain spot in the semis. Her normally reliable serve failed her on a miserable double-fault, and Wozniacki clawed her way to a break point. But Stosur, as she'd done throughout the match, played forceful tennis and didn't seize up in the big moment. She's now in command of the Maroon Group; everyone else there has lost a match and two sets. Stosur has a flawless record so far.

This year has been Stosur's breakthrough on the singles circuit. And while it will mostly be remembered for her loss in the French final, a season-ending championship would be impossible to ignore.

—Ed McGrogan

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Posted by Master Ace 10/27/2010 at 04:55 PM

Seems like there is always a surprise at the Year End Championships. The surprise is Samantha Stosur who has managed to rally from 0-4 to win her first match and continued that momentum against Caroline, I believe that if Samantha wins one set tomorrow, she is in the semifinals.

Posted by M.J. 10/27/2010 at 05:31 PM

Master Ace, I was thinking the same thing about Stosur needing just one more set. I don't see Stosur losing in straight sets to Dementieva based on Dementieva's play the other day, so I think she's safely into the semis.

Posted by Thomas Christiansen 10/27/2010 at 05:36 PM

Stosur played some great tennis. Especially on the big points.
Good match report Ed.

Posted by Pierric Bross 10/27/2010 at 05:36 PM

Wow! :) I knew she would make the semi's but I thought for sure she would lose this match.

She's continued her form of US open, and she's a real chance to win this thing.

This is bad for Wozniacki and she's in real danger of not even making it to the semi's because Schiavone ain't playing badly at all.

Posted by Master Ace 10/27/2010 at 05:41 PM

Tomorrow matches in the Maroon Group will be very interesting and the ramifications of Caroline and Francesca match will be dictated by the result of Samantha and Elena match. Hopefully, Elena will have adjusted to the heat.

Posted by Northernboy 10/27/2010 at 07:33 PM

Hrm, interesting indeed. Sam is playing extremely well, quite frankly she had to to beat Schiavone. Francesca can beat Wozniacki, she sliced and diced her and made her look almost amateurish at the French. However, this is a different surface. I think Fran will have to force the issue to Wozniacki's forehand and then rush the net. Caro's backhand is too solid and capable of moonball lobs over 5'5" Fran's head to approach on the front.

Certainly makes things interesting. Zvonereva and Stosur look the sharpest thus far, Azarenka continued fail at hanging onto leads in matches.

Posted by secrettennisjunkie 10/27/2010 at 07:36 PM

I ran some numbers this afternoon. Assuming each player has equal chance to win every match, and set for that matter, here's the chance they make the semis. I realize that's a bit of a stretch but bear with me.

Stosur - 96%
Wozniacki - 50%
Schiavone - 29%
Dementieva - 25%

Stosur is through by winning one set or by a Schiavone win. Technically, all players still control their own destiny.

Posted by Aube,coquette,coquine 10/27/2010 at 07:44 PM

Samantha,oi oi oi Aussie oi oi!!! you made my day!...I'm getting less nervous about beautiful Caro uprooting my babies Serebaby and Vee,oi oi oi Aussie oi!

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President.Yes Indeed I am A One Woman Show 10/27/2010 at 08:34 PM

Well Sam has been the surprise packet for me

I thought she was just making up the numbers at Doha

Her previous 3 hard court tournaments were disasters

She proved today she can play aggressive and took her game to Caroline

I was impressed with her calm when down b/points.Her spin and kicker serve was great and this court is a advantage to her.Well done Sam I am soo proud.

Posted by moli 10/27/2010 at 08:59 PM

Yes!! I'm so pleasantly at Sam's performance. After the horrendous Asian tour this Fall and the first 4 games of her match yesterday I didn't expect much... But she really turned things around and is playing to her potential. If she can keep serving like this there's no reason why she can't take the whole thing. SAMMY SAMMY SAMMY!

Posted by Thomas Christiansen 10/28/2010 at 04:07 AM

Northenboy wrote:

"Francesca can beat Wozniacki, she sliced and diced her and made her look almost amateurish at the French. However, this is a different surface. I think Fran will have to force the issue to Wozniacki's forehand and then rush the net. Caro's backhand is too solid and capable of moonball lobs over 5'5" Fran's head to approach on the front."

Caro won their last meeting 6-3, 6-2 on hard court in Montreal this August ;-)

Posted by tina (ajde, Novak: handsome and talented Balkans #1, world #3, Davis Cup hero, AO 2008 titleist, reigning USO finalist, cutest butt in tennis, rapper, the face of Belgrade t-shirts, Novak water and Restaurant - don't u wish your polyglot was hott like me) 10/28/2010 at 11:51 AM

With my soft spot for veterans, I wish I'd been able to see this. Surprised and *very* pleased at the outcome. Go Sammy! (but I'll leave oi oi oi stuff to her compatriots)


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