Azarenka and Pavlyuchenkova advance into Brisbane semis

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World number one and top seed at the Brisbane International in this eastern Australian city, Victoria Azarenka, continued her good form coming into this first tournament of the new season, after having a bye in the first round and an easy 6-3 6-3 win over Sabine Lisicki in the second round before facing up against rising star and qualifier Ksenia Pervak of Kazhakstan.

The Kazakh player had taken out Caroline Wozniacki in the first round and Ursula Radvanska in the second round, both in very tough and long three setters which seemed to have drained her of all her fine style and energy in her matchup against the world number one, who won this match on the trot 6-1 6-0 in just over an hour. Azarenka will next meet Serena Williams in the semis and this match should be one to watch, as Williams leads Azarenka 11-1 in their head to head stats. The only time Azarenka has managed to beat Williams was in the final of the 2009 Miami tournament.

In the bottom half of the draw Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who is ranked at no 36 on the WTA standings, will meet the lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko, who is ranked is world number 116.

Pavlyuchenkova won a seesaw three setter against Lucie Hradecka in the first round and then took out the 6th seed, Petra Kvitova, in straight sets in the second round. In her quarter final match she faced up against the German Angelique Kerber, the tournament’s number 4 seed. In a match that lasted a little under two hours, Pavlyuchenkova took this contest in two tie breakers, 7-3 and 7-3 to move into the semis.

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