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Australia's Samantha Stosur defeated Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in the quarter-final of the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow on Friday. AFP/ Yuri Kadobnov.
MOSCOW (AFP): Australia's Samantha Stosur handed out another Moscow defeat to Ana Ivanovic on Friday as the seventh seed reached the Kremlin Cup semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-4 win.
World No. 19 Stosur, the champion in Osaka last week, had defeated Ivanovic, the fourth seed, in the semi-finals in 2012 and she maintained her stranglehold over the Serb player with an 85-minute win.
"Probably having won here last year, I certainly had a few things in my head that I wanted to try to do today against her," Stosur said.
"And right from the start it was kind of working and my confidence kind of built, and I was able to keep going and play well till the end."
Stosur will take on eighth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, who beat second seed Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-2, 6-3, for a place in the final.
"I'm pleased with my performance at the tournament as I'm playing better and better in every match here," said Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam title winner.
The other semi-final will pit fifth seed Simona Halep of Romania against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Halep experienced few troubles against Russia's Alisa Kleybanova in a 6-1, 6-1 win while Pavlyuchenkova was in command against Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova, winning 6-0, 6-4.
In the men's event, French top seed Richard Gasquet remained on course for a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals as he advanced to the semis with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Russian wildcard Teimuraz Gabashvili.
"I made an early break and it was very important as I was in control after that," Gasquet said.
"In general I played well. I was a little bit more aggressive than yesterday. I served well and didn't miss much."
Gasquet will next face Croatia's Ivo Karlovic who hit 11 aces during his 51-minute win over Russian wildcard Karen Khachanov, 6-4, 6-0.
Italy's Andreas Seppi, the second seed and defending champion, barely broke sweat on his way to the semis as his French opponent Edouard Roger-Vasselin retired with a neck muscle injury after just 26 minutes and with the score at 5-2.
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