Kvitova stops Stosur in China Open

BEIJING – Australia’s Samantha Stosur is out of the China Open in Beijing, beaten by world No.3 Petra Kvitova 6-3 5-7 6-2 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Stosur reached the semis after a walkover against an injured Serena Williams and she pushed Kvitova, taking the second set as she broke serve in the final game.

The 2011 US Open winner and former world No.4 appeared to be capitalising on a lack of rhythm in her Czech opponents play after the game was halted because of rain, meaning the court had to be dried and the roof closed.

But the third seed fought back in the third set, saving three break points in the second game before breaking in the fifth and seventh to make her first final in Beijing.

She’ll meet Maria Sharapova who overcame eight double-faults, including four as she served for the match, to defeat Ana Ivanovic 6-0 6-4.

In the men’s draw, top-ranked Novak Djokovic reached his fifth China Open final and improved his spotless record at the tournament to 23-0 with a 6-3 6-4 win over Andy Murray.

It was Djokovic’s third win over the Scot this year and came just weeks after the Serb knocked him out of the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Saturday’s semi-final didn’t quite reach the same level of quality — the two combined for 43 unforced errors and only 26 winners — but Djokovic proved the steadier player at the key moments and saved four of five break points he faced in the second set.