Stosur and Mladenovic to face off in the Strasbourg final

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The last singles match of the 2015 Internationaux de Strasbourg will feature third seed Samantha Stosur, who will be looking for her seventh career WTA title, and Kristina Mladenovic, a first-time WTA finalist.

This week has been highly successful for the Australian Grand Slam champion Stosur, whose match wins this season had been few and far between prior to the International-level event in Strasbourg. Last month’s reunion with her coach David Taylor is already bearing fruit and after yesterday’s three-setter against Ajla Tomljanovic, Stosur pulled off another three-set victory, over Sloane Stephens in the semis, 6-3 3-6 6-0.

Mladenovic’s route to the final was bitter sweet. The Frenchwoman is happy that she’s reached the first title match of her career, but her last two victories came on the expense of her opponents’ misfortunes: in Thursday’s quarterfinals top seed Madison Keys withdrew from the tournament with an elbow injury, while in Friday’s semis Mladenoviic’s good friend Virginie Razzano retired during the second set, due to an abdominal muscle injury. However, it’s not Mladenovic’s fault that her opponents had to quit, plus, she won the first set agianst Razzano.

Our photographer Jimmie48 left Strasbourg yesterday, in the middle of the messy quarterfinal day that featured a walkover and a retirement. He was posting galleries from the tournament all the way from the qualifying rounds until Wednesday’s action, so make sure to check out his amazing photos, if you haven’t already:

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4 thoughts on “Stosur and Mladenovic to face off in the Strasbourg final

  1. claire

    @Mike Q: True. I think the text means that she is Australian, AND a Grand Slam Champion.

  2. sru

    Lots of withdrawals this week. I wonder how many of them are genuine. I know players want to rest and save themselves for bigger tournaments, but imo if u are committed to a small tournament you should stay till the end because if you withdraw like this it’s very disrespectful to the tournament and audience ( I’m not talking about Razzano but about other players like Madison, JJ,and kerber)

  3. Marija Post author

    Mike Q, I wrote “the Australian Grand Slam champion Stosur”, which, just as Claire clarified, means that she is an Australian player and she is a Grand Slam champion.

    Sru, the Strasbourg tournament was hit by a lot of withdrawals and even worse is that those withdrawals happened in the final stages of the tournament. I don’t want to put blame on the players, they know best what’s good for them, but the tournament organizers must have been disparate.

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