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Williams has now come from a set down to win four times at this tournament, trumping her previous grand slam record of three, as the top seed showed her relentless fighting spirit again to beat the Swiss 4-6 6-3 6-0 in their semi-final.
Home favourite Samantha Stosur's interest in the tournament was ended by American Varvara Lepchenko, who fought back bravely from a set down to win 4-6 6-4 7-5 in two-and-a-half hours.
And the 32–year–old had to dig deep once more to recover from a set down to eventually run out a 3–6 6–4 6–3 winner.
Federer went a set down to the third-seeded Czech but levelled in the next and took control with a break in the fourth game of the third set - before comfortably serving out the match to end his drought.
Seoul: Polish top seed Agnieszka Radwanska rallied from a set down to win the Korea Open at her first attempt on Sunday, edging out Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-4.
1, a 350-1 chance when the tournament started, had taken out Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan and Northants plodder James Richardson in the first couple of rounds and then had to show real guts yesterday by coming from a set down to shatter the dreams of part-time Aussie Nicholson.
Kuznetsova thanked the few hearty fans who stayed out late to watch her comeback from a set down to beat Kerber 3-6 7-5 6-4.
Frenchman Simon sprung a major shock by coming from a set down to beat world number one Rafael Nadal 3-6 7-5 7-6 (8/6) in athree hours and 22 minutes.
Russian Dmitry Tursunov defeated Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-6, 6-3 and Belgian Xavier Malisse came from a set down to beat French qualifier Florent Serra 6-7, 6-2, 6-0.
Roger Federer came from a set down to beat German Tommy Haas and reach the final of the Halle Open.
PARIS: World number seven Elena Dementieva came from a set down to defeat Czech Lucie Safarova 6-7 6-1 6-4 to win the Paris Indoor Open for the first time on Sunday.
TENNIS DAVID FERRER got his season off to the perfect start as he came from a set down to beat Nikolay Davydenko 2-6 6-2 6-4 and reach the semi-finals of the Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.