Del Potro ousts top seed Soderling

4 30 2011 80938 l - Del Potro ousts top seed Soderling
ESTORIL, Portugal: Argentine Juan Martin del Potro came from 4-1 down in the second set to beat top seed Robin Soderling 6-4, 7-5 here on Friday in the quarter-finals of the ATP-WTA Estoril Open. Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion who missed most of last year after wrist surgery, will play fellow South American Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who put out Brazil''s sixth seed Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-2, on Saturday. Del Potro led 6-4 but trailed in the second when heavy rain arrived to interrupt afternoon play as he faced the Swede whom he had never played on clay. After the storms passed, del Potro - who saved five of six break points and served six aces - came back out in fading light and broke Soderling twice to win after just under two hours of play. On the women''s side, unseeded duo Kristina Barrois and Anabel Medina Garrigues will meet in the final. The 29-year-old Barrois flew the flag for Germany as she reached the second final of her career, defeating Swede Johanna Larsson 7-6 (7/2), 6-4. Barrois will aim to win her first title on Saturday against Spaniard Medina Garrigues, who beat Monica Niculescu of Romania, 6-1, 6-3. Barrois, a quarterfinalist last week in Stuttgart, said that her recent experiences in playing big matches and top players is boosting her confidence. The German, ranked 71st, broke her Swedish opponent six times in a contest lasting one hour, 49 minutes. Barrois beat Medina Garrigues in their only previous meeting, on clay at Strasbourg in 2009 when the Spaniard retired after losing the first set.