Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/24/13

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Victoria Azarenka of Belaru plays a forehand in her third round match against Tathiana Garbin of Italy during day six of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka became the first woman representing Belarus to reach the semifinals of the French Open by defeating Maria Kirilenko of Russia 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Wednesday. The two-time Australian Open champ won five straight points to lead 6-1 in the tiebreaker before hitting a backhand crosscourt winner to take the first set. Kirilenko, who has never advanced past the quarterfinals in any Grand Slam tournament, double-faulted to trail 3-1 in the second set. Azarenka sealed her spot in the last four when Kirilenko sent a forehand long. She will next face No. 2 Maria Sharapova, who beat No. 18 Jelena Jankovic.
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