Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka became the first two players into the semifinals with wins on Tuesday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
Kuznetsova blew a 6-4, 5-2 lead before defeating No. 13 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1.
“I came here after losing first round two tournaments in a row,” Kuznetsova said. “I was practicing and preparing well, so when I came here I was so disappointed. I haven’t lost two first rounds in a row as long as I can remember. So for me here, it was really important to just play match by match.”
The No. 11-seeded Azarenka was brutal in ending the run of unseeded Aussie Sam Stosur 6-1, 6-0.
“I’ve been playing very well the last four weeks. I want to keep going,” Azarenka said. “Sam has a great serve and my return was very important today. I was hitting it very well and starting to put pressure on her right away.”
Azarenka is 0-3 career against Kuznetsova, including last year at Miami when she led 6-1, 5-2 before clasping her hands to her throat in a 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 loss.
“I’ve never beaten her before,” Azarenka said. “She’s a great player.”
The other two quarterfinals will be played Wednesday, featuring No. 1 seed Serena Williams against Li Na, and No. 5 seed Venus Williams against No. 26 seed Iveta Benesova.
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