Azarenka into Australian Open QFs, Kuznetsova beats Wozniacki

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It is amazing to see that Svetlana Kuznetsova is ranked at 75, but this is because she was off the tour for the second half of the 2012 season with a right knee injury. On Day 8 of the Australian Open she faced off against Caroline Wozniacki, the 10th seed. Twice a Grand Slam champion, the break from tennis seems to have done Kuznetsova the world of good, as she raced to a 6-2 first set with some great shot making and holding her nerve. Things turned upside down when Wozniacki came out for the second set and took it by the same margin, with Kuznetsova showing her characteristic doubt and loss of concentration. In the third set, the Russian had a medical time out when trailing 2-3, but got back on serve and with both players playing their best tennis and, with Kuznetsova holding key points, she eventually levelled at 5-5 and took the last two games for 7-5.

Kuznetsova will next face top seed Victoria Azarenka, who dominated the 47th ranked Russian Elena Vesnina, from beginning to end, taking the match 6-1 6-1 in just 57 minutes. In her usual demeanour of marching around the court and not wasting any time, Azarenka also served four aces and seven double faults to her opponent’s one ace and five doubles. Despite the score line, Vesnina did not play badly but in the end she was beaten by a much stronger player.


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