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Maria defeats Stosur in Doha

Posted on February 15, 2013

Maria defeated No.8 seed Samantha Stosur of Australia to advance to the semis of the Qatar TOTAL Open in Doha. Maria won 6-2 6-4 in an hour and 22 minutes.

A backhand into the net from Stosur gave Maria the first break of the set in the first game. Maria broke again to lead 4-1 when Stosur hit a shot out. On Maria's fourth set point, Stosur hit a forehand long as Maria won the set 6-2.

Maria raced into a 3-0 lead in the second set. Stosur then won three of the next four games and in the eighth game, Maria saved breakpoints on her serve to lead 5-3. Stosur held her serve in the next game and Maria held her serve to love to take the match.

In Saturday's semi-final, Maria will play No.2 seed Serena Williams of the United States. The match is the second match on court and the schedule of play begins at 6.00 PM local time (4.00 PM CET, 10.00 AM ET and 7.00 AM PT). Maria has played Williams twelve times before and trails the series 2-10, here are the matches they have played against each other:
2004 Miami R4: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2004 Wimbledon Final: Maria won 6-1 6-4
2004 WTA Championships Final: Maria won 4-6 6-2 6-4
2005 Australian Open Semi-Final: Williams won 2-6 7-5 8-6
2007 Australian Open Final: Williams won 6-1 6-2
2007 Miami R4: Williams won 6-1 6-1
2008 Charleston Quarter-Final: Williams won 7-5 4-6 6-1
2010 Wimbledon R4: Williams won 7-6 6-4
2011 Stanford Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Madrid Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Olympics Final: Williams won 6-0 6-1
2012 WTA Championships Semi-final: Williams won 6-4 6-3

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