Moscow:Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Vera Dushevina 6-2, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup.
The 2004 US Open champion won the first set in 31 minutes and sealed the victory with an overhead smash.
The second-ranked Kuznetsova will play either Serena Williams or Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic in her 10th semifinal match of the year.
Elena Dementieva of Russia reached the semifinals at the Kremlin Cup for the fifth straight time, beating Belarusian teenager Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (4), 6-2. She will next play Dinara Safina, who eliminated Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
On the men's side, Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia beat Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals, and fourth-seeded Paul-Henri Mathieu eliminated Florent Serra of France 6-3, 6-3.
Dementieva, the runner-up in 2001 and 2004, won four consecutive games in the second set. She had five aces.
The 18-year-old Azarenka, who upset second-seeded Maria Sharapova in the second round, never threatened Dementieva.
Safina, the sister of Marat Safin, easily won the first set and was level at 3-3 in the second before losing three straight games. The 17th-ranked Russian broke twice in the third set to advance to her second semifinal match in her hometown. She lost to eventual champion Mary Pierce in 2005.
Safina upset Martina Hingis in the final of the Australian Women's Hardcourt in January for her fifth career title.