French Open Champion Flavia Pennetta proved once again that she can rise to the occasion. That is what she did on Saturday in making mince meat of Samantha Stosur’s vaunted service. After her 6-4, 6-3 triumph, Pennetta improved her record against Stosur to 3-0 and has yet to lose a serve to the Aussie.
What s becoming apparent is that Stosur’s weak backhand is giving lesser players an advantage. Earlier in the year Stosur began to run around her backhand and players did not take advantage of the open spaces. Pennetta would have none of that sticking to her theory of “hit ‘em where they ain’t.”
The fifth seeded Pennetta will run into two time Grand Slam Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who finished young American Coco Vandeweghe’s tournament 7-5, 6-2. For the young American, who ousted Vera Zvonareva, she won consecutive matches for the first time in her young career and proved to be a fun crowd pleaser.
Kuznetsova has had a down year. It will be interesting to see how she performs against Pennetta in a match that the Russian would normally be considered a favorite.
4th seed Agnieszka Radwanska defeated seventh seed Shahar Peer, normally a battler, in just 60 minutes, 6-2, 6-0. At 3-2 in the first set, Radwanska won nine straight games to take the mystery out of this match.
Radwanska will face Daniela Hantuchova who staged the day’s most brilliant comeback against Russian Alisa Kleybanova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Kleybanova is making a name for herself as one of the tour’s biggest hitters. She did nothing to alter that thinking on Friday.
But, Daniela has been around. Down 6-2, 3-0, the winner got her engines running and bulldozed her way through Kleybanova just as she did against Marion Bartoli earlier in the week. Hantuchova has always had the ability. Perhaps, she has now gained the confidence to win in later rounds.
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