Sam Stosur Comes Up Just Short In Stanford

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Victoria Azarenka of Belarus advanced to her third final of the WTA season, defeating Australian top seed Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-3 on Saturday at the Bank of the West Classic.

Stosur, in her sixth semifinal of the year, leads the WTA with 37 match triumphs this year but could not claim the crown in her first event since cracking the rankings top five, losing to Azarenka for the fourth time.

“She has had such good results. I’m so happy at how I played against her,” Azarenka said.

Azarenka broke Stosur three times in the first set for a 5-2 edge and held at love to claim the set, then kept the Aussie at bay in the second set as well.

“I thought she played quite well today and punished me when I didnt hit a good serve in the court, that’s for sure,” said Stosur who lost to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli in the semis last year.

“It wasn’t my best day and she played quite well. I didn’t come up with the goods when I needed to and she punished me when I was being too conservative.

“She is definitely a good player. I think she has proved that by being in the top 10 for awhile.

“Maybe I will realise some more positive things as the day goes on. Right now it’s a little bit difficult. I think there are definitely things I can improve on for the next time I play her or any match.”