Bookies favour Stosur to lift French Open crown

Paris, June 3(ANI): Australian tennis ace Samantha Stosur is the new favourite among bookies to lift the French Open women's singles trophy despite having never reached a grand slam final before.

Stosur, fresh from victory over four-time champion Justine Henin on Monday, produced another fighting performance to defeat World No. 1 Serena Williams at the Rolland Garros quarterfinals 6-2, 6-7 (2), 8-6.

The Australian's epic victories have seen her price sucked in to 2.15 dollars on TAB Sportsbet from 75 dollars when she was trailing Henin by a set in the round of 16.

"We already know this is a monumental effort by Sam, but it is put into greater context when you consider she's been written off by punters around the world in her last two matches," The Daily Telegraph quoted Mathew Thompson, Betfair spokesman, as saying.

"However, there were some loyal Stosur supporters that took the tournament winners odds of 75 dollars against Henin and the 20 dollars against Serena and they've been rewarded handsomely," he added.

Stosur is only the third Australian to beat a World No.1 after Jelena Dockic beat Kim Clijsters in Zurich in 2003 and Nicole Bradtke beat Steffi Graf in a 1993 Fed Cup tie.

She will now play Jelena Jankovic in the last four, while Francesca Schiavone faces Elena Dementieva in the other semi.

Meanwhile, Serena follows her sister, Venus, Henin and Caroline Wozniacki, on the way home or to the UK to get ready for Wimbledon.

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