- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka has advanced to the Australian Open semifinals with a 7-5, 6-1 win over former two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Azarenka broke Kuznetsova’s serve in the 11th game of the 1 hour, 17-minute opening set Wednesday, then held her own service in the next game to win on her third set point when Kuznetsova netted a backhand.

Azarenka, who will play Serena Williams or Sloane Stephens in the semifinals, beat Maria Sharapova in last year’s title match at Melbourne Park for her first Grand Slam.