Maria Sharapova and Samatha Stosur at the Japan Open 2012

It was a rare occasion that Samantha Stosur won Maria Sharapova as the latter is always a favourite with 10-1 career record against the Australian. But a great performance put up by Samantha Stosur 6-4 7-6 (12-10) gave her a spot at the semi-finals when she will be facing Nadia Petrova. At the match with Nadia Petrova, she won Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-2. Nadia Petrova will proceed to the final facing the defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.