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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

TWD Live Thread/Sports Thread #1 For 6/2/10: 2010 French Open, Day 11

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Sammin Sammy continues.

Samantha Stosur has survived a Serena Williams' comeback to advance to the French Open semifinals for the 2nd straight year 6-2, 6-7 (3), 8-6.

It seemed after a dominate first set that Stosur had lost her chance to win the match in straights ,when Serena broke her while serving for the match at 6-2, 5-3. The world number one took the 2nd in a tiebreak, giving the aura that Stosur's chance had passed her by.

But in the final set, the Australian showed the nerve that led to her dispatching Justin Henin two days ago. She survived tough service games where Williams put extreme pressure on her, including a break point at 4-3 down that the 12-time Grand Slam champion pushed a passing shot a little wide.

In the end in the crucial 13th game of the final set, Stosur raised her game while Serena's level went disproportionate. The match of the point that signified how much of a battle it was as well as how deserving the win was for Stosur came at 15-30 in that game, where the world number seven hit a great backhand passing shot passed Williams to set up break points. And she then converted that first opportunity with another backhand pass that she will cherish for a while, especially if she wins this title.

Standing in the way of that opportunity of a lifetime is Jelena jankovic, who desires for her first Grand Slam title herself in the semifinals.
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