Once the raindrops stopped falling on her head, Sam Stosur brushed aside world number six Simona Halep to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open for the first time in a four year period that saw her ousted from this and the other three Grand Slam events in earlier rounds.
She won 7 – 6 (7 – 0) 6 – 3 in a dominating performance against the hard hitting Romanian in a match that spanned three days due to rain delays.
Her victory against a high ranked opponent earns her the opportunity to play either world number two Agnieszka or Tsvetana Pironkova to advance to the semifinals.
Stosur last made it this far in one of the Grand Slams in 2012 at the U.S. Open.
She served notice to her younger, higher ranked rival Halep when she broke Halep to level the first set at five-all. Each player held from there to reach a first set tiebreaker, which Stosur won at love.
After another rain delay, Stosur continued to pressure Halep to the extent that when the match was on the line, Halep cracked, sending a wild volley long to hand the match to Stosur.