Safina survives 1st test at French, beats Azarenka

Updated: 02 June 2009 14:30 IST

Top-seeded Dinara Safina overcame her first test at this year's French Open, coming back to beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and reach the semis.

Safina survives 1st test at French, beats Azarenka
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Paris:

Top-seeded Dinara Safina overcame her first test at this year's French Open, coming back to beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday and reach the semifinals.

Safina had lost a total of five games through four entire matches at Roland Garros, the lowest total at any Grand Slam tournament since 1994.

But the ninth-seeded Azarenka broke Safina in the opening game and took the first set in only 23 minutes. Safina went ahead 2-1 in the second set by breaking serve for the first time, helped by two double-faults by Azarenka.

Safina is seeking her first Grand Slam title and plays Maria Sharapova or Dominika Cibulkova next.

Safina was the runner-up at the 2008 French Open and 2009 Australian Open.

Topics : Tennis
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