x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Stosur shock for Serena

Serena Williams does herself no favours by losing to the unseeded Samantha Stosur of Australia in the quarter-finals of the Stanford Classic

Serena Williams did herself no favour by losing to unseeded Samantha Stosur of Australia in the quarter-finals of the Stanford Classic.
Serena Williams did herself no favour by losing to unseeded Samantha Stosur of Australia in the quarter-finals of the Stanford Classic.

Serena Williams did herself no favours by losing to unseeded Samantha Stosur of Australia in the quarter-finals of the Stanford Classic on Friday. The American top seed went down 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 as sister Venus Williams crushed Russia's Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 to march into the semi-finals.

The world No 2 Serena has been lashing out at the WTA ranking points system which let Dinara Safina ahead of her despite not winning a grand slam compared to her three out of four in the last one year. The Tour officials have since pointed out that Serena may have scored big in the major events but has failed to defend her points in many other events on a consistent basis, either due to injury or losing in early rounds.

Stosur had held four match points against Williams in Sydney earlier this year, but was unable to convert them in a three set defeat, but on Friday, was the much more consistent player. "I knew I had my chances in Sydney and I wanted to get in the same position, and this time I got over the line," Stosur said. The loss left Serena with something to ponder about while big sister Venus showed the way against Sharapova.

The seven-time grand slam champion had not beaten Sharapova in three previous matches on hard courts, but she was the more aggressive and accurate in the hard-hitting rallies while destroying the Russian's second serves. "She's a tremendous athlete and was probably 10 steps faster to the ball than I was," said Sharapova, who was playing her fifth tournament since returning from shoulder surgery. "I should have taken the opportunities I had. That's something that comes along with playing and right now, it's not on auto-pilot for me."

Venus will now face third seed Elena Dementieva of Russia who advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova. Stosur will play France's Marion Bartoli. The eight seed fought off two match points to account for the second upset of the day - fourth seed Jelena Jankovic - in a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory. sports@thenational.ae