Serena, Kuznetsova, Suarez-Navarro, Dementieva into Quarterfinals

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Serena Williams has been handed an easy passage to the quarterfinals of Australian Open 2009 after an ill No. 13 seed Victoria Azarenka retired in disheartening circumstances at Rod Laver Arena on Monday. 3-6 4-2 retired

Quick facts
Azarenka served at 82 per cent in the first set, where she hit 13 winners and converted two of three break point opportunities
Williams had 21 unforced errors for the match, while Azarenka had 17
Azarenka won 12 of her 15 approaches at the net; Williams won five of the 11 points when she approached the net
Williams served the only four double faults of the match


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Women’s world No. 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova has progressed into the quarterfinals of Australian Open 2009, advancing after her opponent Jie Zheng of China retired with a wrist injury when Kuznetsova was leading 4-1 in the first set.

Svetlana Kuznetsova will next play world No.2 Serena Williams, who advanced into the round of eight after her opponent.

Quick facts
The match lasted 30 minutes before Jie Zheng was forced to retire
Kuznetsova had 10 wins to her opponent’s seven
The Russian converted one of her four break point chances
Jie Zheng served the only ace of the match


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Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro has continued her surprising run through the draw at Australian Open 2009, moving through to the quarterfinals after a 6-3 6-2 victory over compatriot Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Quick facts
Suarez Navarro had 20 winners to Medina Garrigues’ seven
Medina Garrigues had 28 unforced errors to Suarez Navarro’s 23
Suarez Navarro served at 75 per cent on her first serve, winning 69 per cent of those points
Medina Garrigues converted only one of her seven break point opportunities, while Suarez Navarro capitalised on four of her five break point chances


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Russian Elena Dementieva has broken her Australian Open fourth-round hoodoo with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 win over Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

Elena Dementieva will next face Carla Suarez Navarro.

Quick facts
Cibulkova served at 73 per cent for the match, but won just 49 per cent of those points on successful first serves
Dementieva served the only three aces of the match
Dementieva won 12 of her 14 approaches to the net
The Russian hit 24 winners to Cibulkova’s six
The Slovakian served six double faults to Dementieva’s two

012609 monday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images

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