Sam Stosur
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Stosur on course for final

SAM Stosur has the perfect opportunity to make her second French Open final after her half of the draw opened right up yesterday.

Stosur moved into the quarter-finals after beating American youngster Sloane Stephens 7-5 6-4.

The Aussie No 6 seed is now the highest-ranked player in her section after top seed Victoria Azarenka was sent packing by Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 7-6.

The win earned Cibulkova, the shortest player on the tour at just 1.61m, a quarter-final match up against Stosur tonight.

The pair have met just once, Stosur winning 6-4 6-4 on hardcourt in California in 2009.

The other quarter-final in that half will be fought out between Italian Sara Errani (seeded 21) and German Angelique Kerber (seeded 10).

Errani overpowered 2009 French Open winner Svetlana Kusnetsova 6-0 7-5, while Kerber downed unseeded Croatian Petra Martic 7-5 6-4.

Stosur, last year's US Open winner, made the final at Roland Garros in 2010, losing 4-6 6-7 to Francesca Schiavone.

In the men's draw, top seed Novak Djokavic remained on track to meet Roger Federer in the semi-final after surviving a scare against Italian Andreas Seppi.

Djokavic found himself on the brink of elimination when Seppi took the first two sets, but the Serb hit back to prevail 4-6 6-7 6-3 7-5 6-3.

Federer was also in trouble early but hit back to beat David Goffin 5-7 7-5 6-2 6-4.