Dinara Safina retires from quarterfinal

Updated: April 8, 2011, 12:28 PM ET
Associated Press

MARBELLA, Spain -- Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka reached the semifinals of the Andalucia Tennis Experience after Dinara Safina retired with an injury.

Azarenka was leading 3-1 in the first set when Safina first had treatment on her lower back. The injury eventually forced her to quit the match while trailing 5-1.

Azarenka will face eighth-seeded Sara Errani after the Italian beat Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 6-2, 6-2.

Svetlana Kuznetsova easily advanced by beating Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino 6-1, 6-2. The second-seeded Russian plays Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, who defeated Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 6-3.


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