Looking at today's Rome match stats, it's easy to see how Samantha Stosur finally beat Victoria Azarenka. Oh wait--she didn't. Talk about doing it with mirrors. With a 14/34 winners/unforced errors ratio (Stosur's was 36/38), Azarenka's 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory came about mostly because--in the final set--Stosur ceased her aggression. How many times have we seen this? The 3rd seed is now 8-0 against Stosur.
(Did anyone else think Azarenka looked kind of heavy? Today was the first time I'd seen her play in Rome.)
Top seed Serena Williams made quick work of Carla Suarez Navarro, beating her 6-2, 6-0 in under an hour. Maria Sharapova, who is sick with a viral illness, gave Sara Errani a walkover. Errani and Azarenka will compete for a spot in the final against the winner of Williams vs. Halep.