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August 8, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Samantha Stosur has crisscrossing tape holding her right shoulder steady. The Australian has fought her way back from Lyme disease, a strength-sapping illness that kept her away from tennis for much of 2007. So it is no surprise that Stosur is now happy-go-lucky, full of smiles to go with a wicked forehand and a nicely penetrating serve that has brought her to the semifinals of the L.A. Women's Tennis Championships at the Home Depot Center. A week ago Stosur upset Serena Williams and made it to the semifinals of the Stanford tournament and now she is a semifinalist again, her best showing in five appearances here.
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August 27, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Victoria Duval, a 17-year-old from Atlanta whose father had to be dug out from the rubble of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, upset 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur on Tuesday at the U.S. Open. On her fourth match point Duval crushed a forehand winner and let out a little squeak as if she were the mouse who just found the cheese, while Stosur, who had beaten Serena Williams in the finals here for her only major tournament championship, hung her head. With the crowd noisily on her side, Duval never became tentative, even during periods when her groundstrokes would spray as if shot out of a sprinkler.
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August 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
From the first point, a crackling service winner, Samantha Stosur seemed totally focused on erasing a negative mark on her record. While the 29-year-old Stosur had won a U.S. Open title two years ago, upsetting Serena Williams in the final, the Australian had never beaten Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka, the No. 1-seeded player at the Southern California Open in Carlsbad, held an 8-0 career advantage over Stosur and, in fact, had lost only two sets in over eight years of playing Stosur.
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August 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
From the first point, a crackling service winner, Samantha Stosur seemed totally focused on erasing a negative mark on her record. While the 29-year-old Stosur had won a U.S. Open title two years ago, upsetting Serena Williams in the final, the Australian had never beaten Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka, the No. 1-seeded player at the Southern California Open in Carlsbad, held an 8-0 career advantage over Stosur and, in fact, had lost only two sets in over eight years of playing Stosur.
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September 10, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Serena Williams was fiercely focused Saturday night. She walloped winners from every place on the court, and Caroline Wozniacki, the top-ranked player in the world, found out that, in tennis, defense does not win championships. Williams, out of tennis for almost a year with a series of injuries, reached her fifth U.S. Open final Saturday night with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Wozniacki the semifinals. The 28th-seeded Williams will play ninth-seeded Samantha Stosur on Sunday at 1 p.m. PDT in the final.
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June 2, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Serena Williams served 13 aces, hit 55 winners and had a match point against Samantha Stosur in a French Open women's quarterfinal match Wednesday. Top-seeded Williams, owner of 12 major titles including the 2010 Australian Open, seemed poised to move to the semifinals at Roland Garros when she lined up and smacked a forehand in the third set, a shot that could have won her the match. It is those moments Williams usually owns, after she has steadied herself from a slow start and begun applying relentless pressure.
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June 3, 2010
Thursday's featured matches WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS No. 4 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia vs. No. 7 Samantha Stosur of Australia No. 5 Elena Dementieva of Russia vs. No. 17 Francesca Schiavone of Italy.
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September 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Victoria Azarenka outlasted a 65-minute rain delay and the scrambling all-court tennis of Samantha Stosur to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Open with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5) victory Tuesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Stosur, the defending champion and seventh seed, had never beaten the top-seeded Azarenka or even taken a set off her. But Azarenka, a 23-year-old from Belarus, with the help of a gutsy drop shot that produced her one and only match point, withstood the attacking tennis of the 28-year-old Stosur.
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March 8, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Irina Falconi, a 21-year-old from Atlanta, played her first-ever main draw match Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open after receiving a wild card invitation. With the help of an injury to her opponent, Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania, who retired in the second set with a knee problem, Falconi won 4-6, 5-2, ret., then entertained with a story she had also told on a blog she writes for the WTA Tour. Falconi, who was born in Ecuador and moved to the U.S. when she was 3, is staying at the nearby Hyatt Grand Champions resort and she made a rookie mistake.
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September 8, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- When Serena Williams lost in the first round of the French Open, a stunning, three-set collapse against Virginie Razzano who would say afterward that she was not the better player, Williams was emotionally distraught. And her reaction to that loss was telling. Williams, who has an apartment in France, began working with French coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Since that stunning French Open loss, Williams has dropped only 17 games while winning an Olympic gold medal and dropped 19 games in six matches so far at the U.S. Open.
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March 14, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
On the day after its longest day, the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at Indian Wells had the longest lull in the action Thursday. Two women's stars, No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, and No. 7 Samantha Stosur, pulled out of separate quarterfinals and the day session at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was over in the main stadium by late afternoon. That included a fill-in doubles match. Wednesday's day session ran so late on the Stadium Court that it pushed the eventual finish of the night matches to 1:50 a.m. Azarenka defaulted because of a right ankle injury that she said she had been nursing for a while and hoped to be able to keep healthy enough to defend her title here.
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September 8, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- When Serena Williams lost in the first round of the French Open, a stunning, three-set collapse against Virginie Razzano who would say afterward that she was not the better player, Williams was emotionally distraught. And her reaction to that loss was telling. Williams, who has an apartment in France, began working with French coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Since that stunning French Open loss, Williams has dropped only 17 games while winning an Olympic gold medal and dropped 19 games in six matches so far at the U.S. Open.
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September 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Victoria Azarenka outlasted a 65-minute rain delay and the scrambling all-court tennis of Samantha Stosur to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Open with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5) victory Tuesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Stosur, the defending champion and seventh seed, had never beaten the top-seeded Azarenka or even taken a set off her. But Azarenka, a 23-year-old from Belarus, with the help of a gutsy drop shot that produced her one and only match point, withstood the attacking tennis of the 28-year-old Stosur.
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September 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK — Victoria Azarenka put a sunny spin on a gloomy, rainy, sodden day at the U.S. Open. Azarenka, the top-seeded woman in the tournament and the top-ranked player in the world, brazenly pulled off a dangerous drop shot at a key moment in a final-set tiebreaker and sent off popular defending champion Samantha Stosur, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5), Tuesday. Rain interrupted Azarenka's quarterfinal victory and it also interrupted most of the rest of the day's sessions. Fourth-seeded David Ferrer sneaked in a fourth-round victory, 7-5, 7-6 (2)
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March 8, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Irina Falconi, a 21-year-old from Atlanta, played her first-ever main draw match Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open after receiving a wild card invitation. With the help of an injury to her opponent, Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania, who retired in the second set with a knee problem, Falconi won 4-6, 5-2, ret., then entertained with a story she had also told on a blog she writes for the WTA Tour. Falconi, who was born in Ecuador and moved to the U.S. when she was 3, is staying at the nearby Hyatt Grand Champions resort and she made a rookie mistake.
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September 11, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from New York — One powerful forehand could have been what sent Serena Williams to an uplifting comeback on the world's biggest tennis stage. Instead it sent Williams into another moment of uncontrolled anger and public rage against a tennis official on Arthur Ashe Stadium, and it might have cost her a U.S. Open title Sunday. Williams, 29, lost the women's final to 27-year-old Australian Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-3. In the first game of the second set, when Williams was desperately grabbing at some momentum, she pounded the booming forehand.
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June 5, 2011 | By Henry Chu
Her opponent was the defending champion whose childhood dream had always been to win the French Open. She was the underdog who never saw the tournament on TV as a girl in China and never thought she'd get far on the red clay of Roland Garros. But it was Li Na who fell on her back in triumph Saturday when Francesca Schiavone's final ball floated out. Nearly two hours of heavy hitting gave Li a 6-4, 7-6 (0) victory and made her the only tennis player, man or woman, from Asia to take home a Grand Slam title.
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