Stosur and Wozniacki on track for the Stuttgart final.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki reeled off 10 straight games to rally for a 6-4 6-1 victory over Andrea Petkovic of Germany. The Dane was 4-1 down and one point away from going 5-1 but broke Petkovic’s serve to cut the deficit. She also saved four break points in the next game to get back to 4-3. Petkovic could not hold serve in the next game either and the world number one went on to sweep to an impressive victory.

Samantha Stosur battled back from a set down to beat Russian Vera Zvonareva 2-6 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. An opening game lasting 14 minutes set the tone for a close contest, with second-seed Zvonareva breaking her fifth-seeded opponent at the ninth attempt. The Russian held serve comfortably and got another break to go 4-1 up when last year’s beaten French Open finalist fired a crosscourt forehand wide, then served out the set. The 27-year-old Stosur battled her way back into the contest in the next, serving with much more kick and hitting a better forehand to lead 5-3 and level the match when Zvonareva put a service return long.

Despite breaking nine strings during the match and briefly playing with her coach’s racquet, Zvonareva maintained her concentration to take the set into a decisive tiebreaker. But it was Stosur who raced into a 5-0 lead and although her opponent battled back, she clinched victory on her first match point when Zvonareva’s return flew long. “Anytime you can start a tie-break that well allows you to settle down quickly, you feel good,” said Stosur. “She played a few good points and I hit a double fault, I had a cross-court forehand and I felt confident, especially serving at 6-3.” Having reached last year’s final, where she lost to Justine Henin, Stosur is enjoying her third appearance in Stuttgart. “I feel really good playing here, it’s a great court and playing indoors helps, there are no wind or influences to make things difficult,” she added. “Everything comes off the middle of the racquet and it is a really good feeling out there.”

In Saturday’s semi-final, Stosur will play Germany’s Julia Goerges, ranked 32nd in the world, who beat the Australian’s doubles partner Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-4 on Thursday evening. In an all-German hard-hitting battle, Goerges outgunned Lisicki to book her semi-final spot in impressive style. The pair traded bludgeoning blows from the start and Lisicki, ranked 155th and getting back to her best after an injury-plagued 2010, recovered despite being a set and a break down to lead 4-3. But Goerges fired two forehand winners to snatch another break and go 5-4 up before serving out the match.




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