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Samantha stumbles

Dubai: Samantha Stosur’s season of woe continued at the Dubai Championships when she crashed out in the quarter finals following a 6-2, 6-4 defeat by Italian Roberta Vinci on Thursday.

Vinci will now play doubles partner Sara Errani in an all-Italian semi-final after Errani beat Russia’s Nadia Petrova 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

Stosur has lost more matches than she has won this year, with her win-loss record standing at 5-7 after she produced an error-strewn performance under the searing desert sun that left her frequently yelling in frustration.

Vinci, 30, broke in the opening game and was always in control against a player who has failed to win a title since triumphing at the US Open in September 2011.

The Italian has now beaten top-10 ranked players in successive matches — she defeated Angelique Kerber on Wednesday — and is yet to drop a set in Dubai. World No. 9 Stosur towered over the diminutive Vinci, but she was guilty of trying to be too aggressive, clubbing a succession of backhand returns into the net.

Vinci, who with partner Errani are the top-ranked doubles pairing, is a percentage player, relying more on her opponent’s mistakes than going for winners herself and Stosur’s approach played into the Italian’s hands.

Serving at 4-2 down, Stosur ran to the net but Vinci, world No. 17, played an angled backhand dropshot winner for a break point.