Stosur wins to reach semis in Sofia

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Updated: November 1, 2013

Sofia, Bulgaria (SportsNetwork.com) – Former U.S. Open champion Samantha
Stosur was among those on Friday securing a semifinal berth at the season-
ending WTA Tournament of Champions.

In the final round-robin match of the week in Sofia, the fourth-seeded Stosur
(2-1) captured her group by handling eighth-seeded Bulgarian crowd favorite
Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 6-4 to move into the semifinals. Pironkova went 0-3
this week.

Meanwhile, a Day 4 upset came when fifth-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina (2-1)
topped second-seeded former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1).
Despite the result, the two-time Tournament of Champions titlist Ivanovic
(2-1) qualified for the semis, while Vesnina’s week, and season, came to an
end on Friday.

The former French Open titlist Ivanovic captured this Tournament of Champions
event back-to-back in 2010 and 2011 in Bali.

Also on Friday, sixth-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (2-1) booked a
spot in the semis by leveling seventh-seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-2,
6-2.

Saturday’s semifinals will pit top-seeded Romanian star Simona Halep against
the Serbian Ivanovic and the Aussie Stosur versus Pavlyuchenkova.

This tournament features an eight-woman field that was divided into
two groups. Round-robin play was staged through Friday.

“Group Serdika” featured Halep (3-0), third-seeded Russian Maria
Kirilenko (0-1), Pavlyuchenkova and Cornet (1-2). An injured Kirilenko
was replaced in the field earlier in the week by winless Ukrainian Elina
Svitolina (0-2).

“Group Sredets” was comprised of Ivanovic, Stosur, Vesnina, and Pironkova.

The field consisted of the six highest-ranked players who won at least
one International Series tournament during the year and did not qualify for
last week’s WTA Championships in Istanbul or are not participating in this
weekend’s Fed Cup final. Ivanovic and Pironkova came on board as wild
cards.