Samantha Stosur is two wins far from her first grand slam title in eight years after reaching the Australian Open women’s doubles semi-final. Using China’s Zhang Shuai, the happy couple upset top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4). The Czech duo are definitely the reigning French Open and Wimbledon champions.
With a career high No 4 ranking in singles, winning this year’s US Open title, Stosur has two major women’s doubles titles but lost the one final she reached at Melbourne Park in 2006. Her last doubles crown came within the French Open in 2006, partnering American Lisa Raymond.
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A first round casualty inside the singles at Melbourne Park this holiday season, Stosur and Zhang also made the semi-finals within the US Open a year ago before losing to Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.
“They’re a fantastic team C they won two slams last year,” Stosur said. “We did well to go back coming from a enter both sets.”
The 34-year-old stated it will be “amazing” to win in the home, where this lady has been starved of success. “I guess we’re close now, while in the semis but it really only gets harder here.”
Stosur and Zhang were in trouble, down 5-3, from the second set after Zhang lost her serve to love. However they had been break straight back with both blasting winners off Siniakova’s will level at 5-5.
Stosur saved two break points for my child serve before Krejcikova pushed the set towards a tiebreak. That was evenly poised at 4-4 before two big Stosur serves secured the win.