Melbourne: Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka reached the Australian Open semifinals when she held her nerve despite trouble with her serve in a 6-7 (0), 6-0, 6-2 win over No. 8 Agnieszka Radwanska on Tuesday.
It was only her second win in six Grand Slam quarterfinals. She`s never gone further than the semis, and next meets the winner of Tuesday`s later match between No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Kim Clijsters.
The 22-year-old Belarusian extended her winning streak this season to 10 matches, including a title at Sydney where she beat Radwanska in the semifinals.
Azarenka had six double-faults and made 38 unforced errors, but overcame her wobbles with some powerful groundstrokes among her 39 winners.
First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 09:34