Australian Samantha Stosur will play an Eastbourne grasscourt semi-final for the second straight year after upsetting top seed Vera Zvonareva 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 on Thursday at the pre-Wimbledon event.
Vera Zvonareva powered Russia into their first Fed Cup final in three years when she beat Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-2 in the first reverse singles to give the home team a 3-0 lead against defending champions Italy.
If winning the US Open ever came down to a popularity contest, Kim Clijsters would be roared to victory every time. The Belgian mother charmed the New York crowds last year when she celebrated an unlikely victory by fooling around with her infant daughter Jada on the centre court. The former world number one knows, however, that sentiment plays no part in professional tennis and her Russian opponent is dangerous, despite never having won a major title.