Stosur close to breaking home duck

Sam Stosur is two wins away from her first WTA Tour singles title on home soil in Australia.

Samantha Stosur

The former US Open champion defeated Bojana Jovanovski 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Hobart International on Thursday.

Stosur has famously found it hard to live up to the pressure in her home country and has never been past the fourth round in singles at the Australian Open.

In the last four Stosur will play seventh seed Klara Zakopalova, a 6-4 7-5 winner over Alison Riske, while the other semi-final pits Spaniards Garbine Muguruza and Estrella Cabeza Candela against each other.

Muguruza upset second seed Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-3 while qualifier Cabeza Candela defeated Romania's Monica Niculescu in three sets.

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