Azarenka reaches semis in Linz

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 10, 2012

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)
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka reached her 10th semifinal of the season Friday by defeating Petra Martic of Croatia 6-2, 6-2 at the Generali Ladies. Azarenka won the first 10 points to help build a 4-0 lead before Martic clawed her way back into the match. The Croat had a break in the second set to level at 2-2 but did not win another game. Azarenka will next play either Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States or Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania. Julia Goerges also reached the semifinals after beating Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-1, 6-4. From 1-1 in the opening set, the fifth-seeded German won seven straight games. Arvidsson broke back to level at 4-4 in the second but then dropped her serve for the fourth time in the match.
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