Samantha and Simona make Moscow final


Samantha Stosur Simona Halep

Fresh off her Osaka title last week, Samantha Stosur eliminated fellow Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals of the $795,707 Kremlin Cup in Moscow and extended her fall winning streak to nine matches. Awaiting the seventh-seeded Australian in the final will be Romania’s Simona Halep, who is 1-3 against Stosur, but that one victory came in their sole this year’s meeting, in Cincinnati.

Regarding their semifinal matches, Stosur recorded a 6-2 6-4 victory over the eighth-seeded Kuznetsova, who won just six of 23 points on her own serve in the first set, not holding once. In the second set, Stosur ran off to a 5-1 lead, but needed four more games to finish the match. As for the fifth-seeded Halep, she had a 4-0 lead in both sets against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route to a 6-2 6-1 victory.

Halep has four WTA titles to her name and all the four she clinched this season. Actually, in 2013 Halep holds a perfect 4-0 record in WTA finals. We’ll see if she will keep it that way against last year’s Moscow runner-up Stosur. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)


  1. It is good to see Sam doing well finally. Although I wanted Sveta to win, but a good win for Stosur. Halep is on fire again. Should be a good match.


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