Zvonareva, Safina reach semis

Updated: January 27, 2009, 11:03 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Vera Zvonareva ran off 11 straight games in a 6-3, 6-0 win over Marion Bartoli at the Australian Open on Tuesday to reach the semifinals for the first time in 25 majors.

The 24-year-old Russian's best performance in six previous trips to Melbourne was the fourth round -- she'd gone out in the first round at the Australian Open three times, including last year. And she made the quarterfinals at the 2003 French Open.

Zvonareva will meet fellow Russian Dinara Safina, ...

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