Stosur in, Tomljanovic out
Sam Stosur has made her way through to the semifinals in Osaka but Ajla Tomljanovic's run in Tianjin has come to an end.
Defending champion Samantha Stosur rolled into the semifinals of the Japan Women’s Open on Friday with a clinical 6-4 6-1 victory over Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.
The top-seeded Australian, who won the US Open title in 2011 and reached a career-high fourth in the world, will face Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the last four after the No.3 seed blew away American Lauren Davis 6-2 6-4.
Zarina Diyas restored some Kazakh pride by battling to a 6-7 6-4 6-2 win over Croatia’s Ana Konjuh.
She will play Asian Games gold medallist Luksika Kumkhum in Saturday’s semifinals after the Thai knocked out American Madison Keys, who retired hurt while trailing 6-2 4-3.
In Tianjinm, eighth seed Ajla Tomljanovic fell to second seed Peng Shuai 7-6(5) 2-6 7-5 in a match that lasted two-hours and 45 minutes.