SAMANTHA Stosur’s quest for a second grand slam title resumes with a blockbuster French Open semi-final showdown against fourth seed Garbine Muguruza on Friday night.
Stosur, chasing her third career grand slam final appearance and second at Roland Garros, has defied expectation to reach the last four in Paris.
The 32-year-old Australian is the underdog against 22-year-old Spaniard Muguruza. However she’s given a realistic shot of making the semis, especially if she continues the form that saw her oust recent French Open runners-up Lucie Safarova and Simona Halep en-route to the semis.
Stosur made the final at Roland Garros in 2010 — the year before she claimed her first grand slam title at the US Open — but lost in straight sets to Italian Francesca Schiavone.
She’s reached the semis in Paris on two other occasions (2009 and 2012) and the clay court grand slam has long been considered her best chance of adding another major title.
Stosur has won her only previous meeting with Muguruza, who defeated American surprise packet Shelby Rogers to reach a first grand slam semi-final.
Top seed Serena Williams faces Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens in the other semi-final, to be played simultaneously, with both matches scheduled to start at 9pm AEST.