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Azarenka too much for Kuznetsova, Williams stunned by Stephens

Published time: January 23, 2013 08:43
Edited time: January 23, 2013 12:52
World No.1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (Reuters / Toby Melville)

World No.1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (Reuters / Toby Melville)

Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova has failed to make it to the semi-finals of the Australian Open, going down to World No.1, Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus in straight sets.

­Kuznetsova started well and enjoyed a 4-1 lead in the opener, but failed to hold on to her advantage, giving the set away to her opponent.

And it was one-way traffic for Azarenka in the second set as the top seed wrapped up a 7-5 6-1 win.

“I had to play with a top player, one of the best players at the moment,” Kuznetsova told the tournament’s official website. “These matches, you got to play very consistent. This is what for the moment kills me after my break, is my consistency. And I didn’t serve well. That’s why I lost the match.”

Meanwhile, the biggest upset of this year’s Australian Open came in the other quarter final as 29th seeded Sloane Stephens knocked out favorite Serena William’s in an All-American clash.

Serena came back from a set down, but back problems cost her in the decider, with Stephens collecting a 3-6 7-5 6-4 and her first ever Grand Slam semi-final place.

“I even screamed on the court,”
Williams said of her injury. “I was like, Ahh. I totally locked up after that. It was just like – it was a little painful. But, I mean, it's OK. It was what it was.”

Stephens will challenge Azarenka for the spot in the final, with Russia’s Maria Sharapova and Na Li of China going face to face in the other semi-final.

On the men’s side of the draw, Great Britain’s Andy Murray also booked a semi-final spot, having few problems against Jeremy Chardy of France, 6-4 6-1 6-2.

Sloane Stephens of the U.S. (R) shakes hands with compatriot Serena Williams after defeating her in their women′s singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 23, 2013. (Reuters / Navesh Chitrakar)
Sloane Stephens of the U.S. (R) shakes hands with compatriot Serena Williams after defeating her in their women's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 23, 2013. (Reuters / Navesh Chitrakar)