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Stosur, Razzano enjoy upsets, into semis

CARLSBAD, California--Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur and Virginie Razzano notched upset victories on Friday to set up a semifinal clash at the WTA Tour's Southern California Open.

Fifth-seeded Australian Stosur ousted second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.

French wild-card Razzano continued her remarkable run at the US$795,707 U.S. Open tuneup with a 6-7 (6/8), 7-5, 7-6 (10/8) triumph over third-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova.

Razzano, who has also beaten two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and eighth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro this week, saved two match points in the third-set tiebreaker en route to the victory.

The three-hour, 35-minute match was the second-longest on the WTA Tour this year, behind Bethanie Mattek-Sands' three-hour, 42-minute victory over Anastasia Rodionova on the clay courts of Charleston in April.

Razzano took a 5-3 lead in the third set, but let three match points slip away. Kvitova, a former Wimbledon champion, served for the match at 6-5, but Razzano broke her to force the decisive tiebreaker.

Kvitova rolled to a 5-2 lead, but Razzano rallied and sealed it on her fifth match point.

"I think I was nervous," Razzano said. "I am human. You know you are not too far from the win and you must take your emotions out of it. I tried to stay positive and never imagine I could lose."

Stosur recovered from an early break in the third set to down 2011 Carlsbad winner Radwanska and reach her first semifinal of the season.

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