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Australian Samantha Stosur made a brilliant comeback from a set deficit to rally past the second-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia in three gruelling sets with a 4-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 scoreline and reached the semi-final of the 2011 Aegon International, a WTA Premier event, being played here at Eastbourne, England.
The Australian pulled through adverse windy conditions, as she held her nerves in the second set and wrapped up the tiebreaker to earn an equalizer with one set each. Stosur rallied and broke Zvonareva subsequently in the third set for a substantial lead. Zvoanreva took three straight games to get close at 4-5 but then Stosur's kick serves proved to be too difficult to put back for the Russian. Stosur served 62% of first serves in, smashed 6 aces and cracked 54 winners to win the match in 2 hour and 48 minutes of play.
Re-live some enthralling moments of this duel!
Zvonareva won the first set with a single break of serve, but failed to capitalize on the early break in the second-set. Stosur broke back and took the second-set to a tie-breaker, which she won convincingly. The Australian raced to a 4-2 lead in the final set, before Zvonareva broke back and tried to take it to the tie-breaker, but finally Stosur served her out and emerged victorious.
In the semi-final, Stosur will take on Marion Bartoli, who was leading with a 6-2 2-0, when Victoria Azarenka decided to retire. In another semi-final, Petra Kvitova will take on Daniela Hantuchova, who earned a hard-fought win over Venus Williams with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 scoreline.
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