Stosur first Australian to reach Paris semis in 12 years

June 4th, 2009 - 12:31 am ICT by IANS  

Serena Williams Paris, June 3 (DPA) Samantha Stosur became the first Australian player to reach the semi-finals of the French Open since Patrick Rafter 12 years ago as she defeated Romanian teenager Sorana Cristea 6-1, 6-3 Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Queenslander will face the winner from seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and number two Serena Williams.

Stosur, the first Australian to play a Roland Garros quarter since Nicole Bradtke in 1988, got off to a fast start and never let the part-time high school student into the match.

The winner, currently ranked 32nd, will improve to a career-best ranking Monday.

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