Stosur stuns Serena in Paris

Australian knocks out world number one on Philippe Chatrier court

By Joe Drabble   Last updated: 3rd June 2010  

Stosur stuns Serena in Paris

Stosur: Impressive winner

It was my match and I lost it. That's basically what happened.

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Samantha Stosur booked her place in the semi-final of the French Open for the second successive year with a stunning victory over top seed Serena Williams.

The powerful Australian unleashed a ferocious display of hitting to oust the world number one 6-2 6-7 8-6 on the Roland Garros clay.

Williams squandered a match point of her own at 5-4 ahead in the third set, but seventh seed Stosur battled back to clinch a dramatic victory and set up a last-four clash with fourth seed Jelena Jankovic.

"I got a little bit nervous and a little bit tight, but overall, I actually felt good," Stosur said.

"It's not really a pressure. I guess everything is just adrenaline and all the emotions hitting you kind of at once.

"That third set I just kind of hung in there, and I was behind the whole time serving second. I had to wait for another opportunity and then I got one at 6-6 and thankfully I took it."

Stosur, fresh from an equally impressive victory over four-time champion Justine Henin in the previous round, used her fierce forehand to race through the first set in quickfire time.

And victory looked to be a formality when the 26-year-old from the Gold Coast broke to lead 5-3 in the second.

However, Williams hit back in style, converting her only break point of the set before running away with the tie-break 7-2.

Despair

Her ninth double fault gifted Stosur the opening game of the deciding set but she broke right back and almost broke again in game six.

Serving to stay in the match in game 10, Stosur collapsed from 30-0 up to match point down, Williams narrowly missing with what would have been a match-winning forehand pass.

And frustration turned to despair for Williams in the following game when Stosur clinically broke serve before holding for the win.

"It was my match and I lost it," said Williams. "That's basically what happened.

"She's a good player but I made so many errors and I definitely was nowhere near my best today."

Jankovic now stands in the way of a first Grand Slam final appearance for Stosur after the Serbian overcame Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5 6-4 in an error-ridden last eight clash.

Jankovic, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2007 and 2008, dug deep to prevail in a match littered with 42 unforced errors and 10 breaks of serve.

World number 36 Shvedova beat Jankovic in the second round of the US Open last year, but the Serbian claimed her revenge with a straight-sets triumph.