Carlsbad, CA (Sports Network) - Top seeded Victoria Azarenka defeated
Urszula Radwanska in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals
at the $795,000 Southern California Open.
Azarenka won seven of 10 break points to defeat Radwanska on the hardcourts at
La Costa Resort and Spa and move into her sixth semifinal appearance of the
She will face seven seed Ana Ivanovic moved into the semifinals, taking down
Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2.
Earlier in the day, French journeywoman Virginie Razzano stunned third-seeded
former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 7-6 (10-8) in a marathon
3- hour, 35-minute affair.
Razzano is no stranger to knocking off better-known talent. She also shocked
Serena Williams in the opening round at last year's French Open.
Her semifinal opponent will be fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur, who bumped off
two seed Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in a 2-hour, 31-minute match.
Radwanska, who was the runner-up in Stanford last week, titled here two
years ago and was the Carlsbad runner-up in 2010.
The 2013 Carlsbad titlist will claim $125,000.
The Sports Network