By Ros Satar
- Watson loses in the quarter-final to Sam Stosur 4-6 6-3 6-0
- Semi-final set as Race to Singapore continues
HONG KONG – Despite a spirited start, Heather Watson ran out of steam in the quarter-finals against Samantha Stosur as the Prudential Hong Kong Open semi-finals were set.
It was a competitive first set, with Stosur putting Watson under pressure half way through the set but despite having three break points, could not find a way through the Brit, as Watson delivered the blow towards the end of the set for the single break, serving out the first set to love.
That momentum continued as Watson broke Stosur at the start of the second set but lost her advantage towards the end of the second set, as Stosur hit back twice to level the match. Talk about a momentum swing – Stosur went on a tear, winning 11 games on the bounce, denying Watson any other chance to trouble the score-board, and her best run for a while came to an end 4-6 6-3 6-0.
Race for Singapore as the semi-finals are set
Joining Stosur in the first semi-final on Saturday is Race for Singapore is Angelique Kerber, just 12 points behind the cut. The German had to toil for nearly two hours against Caroline Garcia to edge her in a tight two-setter and will look to level her head to head with Stosur, which stands at 3-2. Kerber looks set to nail her place in the WTA Finals if she wins the title this weekend.
Also keeping in the running for a ticket to Singapore is Venus Williams – she took exactly one hour to despatch Alizé Cornet who perhaps would have preferred a match up with sister Venus, having beaten her three times but has never found away past Williams the elder. If Williams makes the final – she will make the Top 8.
Talking to WTATennis.com she said: “I’ll try – what can I do except try to win and stay on my game? I’ve been under a lot of pressure in my career, playing big moments not only for myself, but in doubles with my sister, a different kind of pressure.
“All of that experience will hopefully kind of help me. But I’d like to do more than win one more match – I’d like to win the tournament. I’ve got big, saucer-plate eyes right now.”
The semi-finals start on Centre Court at 3pm (8am BST).
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