By Erik Gudris/ Friday, October 18, 2013
Svetlana Kuznetsova is enjoying playing at home this week in Moscow. The Russian reached her first semi of 2013 and next will face Sam Stosur.
Photo Credit: AP
Svetlana Kuznetsova is enjoying playing at home this week at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Even more so now that she reached her first semifinal of the season with a convincing win on Friday.
Taking on No. 2 seed Roberta Vinci of Italy, Kuznetsova put on a powerful display for the local fans. The Russian struck 34 winners and converted on six of 13 break points to seal the 6-2, 6-3 win.
Kuznetsova, who has yet to drop a set this week, relished avenging an earlier loss in the season to the tricky Italian in Dubai.
"I took revenge. I lost to her the last time we played in Dubai," Kuznetsova said. "It can be very uncomfortable to play against her game, but I was just patient, and that was the most important thing."
Kuznetsova will now face next a familiar opponent in Australia's Sam Stosur, who is also the Russian's doubles partner in the event.
Stosur booked her spot in the final four with a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 4 seed Ana Ivanovic. Stosur is trying to win her second straight WTA title, having won Osaka last week.
Halep, Pavlyuchenkova Roll Into Semis
An all-Russian final could be in the cards as another local is featured in the second semi.
Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won the first seven games against Daniela Hantuchova in their quarterfinal. The Russian never let go of her control of the match as she won with ease 6-0, 6-4.
No. 5 seed Simona Halep had an even easier time in her quarterfinal. She dismissed wildcard Alisa Kleybanova 6-1, 6-1 to book her semifinal meeting with Pavlyuchenkova.