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Australian Open 2013: Victoria Azarenka beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-1

Defending champ Azarenka through to semis after overcoming tricky Kuznetsova

with a wonderfully creative display – mixing clever angles with raw power.

But it was not enough to derail Azarenka who, having edged the first set, ran through the second to register her 12th successive win in Melbourne, 7-5, 6-1.

The defence continues: Victoria Azarenka celebrates her win over Svetlana Kuznetsova

The defence continues: Victoria Azarenka celebrates her win over Svetlana Kuznetsova

'She played really well throughout the whole match,' said Azarenka. “I know what kind of tennis she is capable of and in the beginning it took a little bit of adjustment because she has a very different game.

'I am glad I could produce my best tennis when it was needed.'

Azarenka needs to retain the title on Saturday night to stand any hope of keeping her number one ranking and it looked as though that position was under severe threat in the early stages as Kuznetsova came out firing, displaying the kind of tennis which saw her win the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open crowns.

Tough test: Azarenka faced a challenge in the first set

Tough test: Azarenka faced a challenge in the first set

At full stretch: Svetlana Kuznetsova struggled to match her first set performance in the second

At full stretch: Svetlana Kuznetsova struggled to match her first set performance in the second

This was no typical crash, bang, wallop encounter, with Kuznetsova particularly inventive.

Deft with the drop shot and imaginative from mid-court, she tried to move Azarenka off the baseline from where she can do the most damage with her brutal groundstrokes.

And for a while it worked. The Russian broke for 3-1 and after holding, an upset seemed on the cards.

But Azarenka roared back, playing some smart tennis of her own.

Famous fan: LMFAO musician Redfoo supports Azarenka

Famous fan: LMFAO musician Redfoo supports Azarenka

Eye on the ball: Azarenka serves to Kuznetsova

Eye on the ball: Azarenka serves to Kuznetsova

She broke back for 3-4 and then ramped up her performance level even further at 5-5, with a big forehand on break point edging her ahead for the first time in the match.

She served it out and then maintained the momentum by breaking in the opening game of the second.

Kuznetsova hit back immediately but she could not win another game as the top seed advanced to a last-four clash with either Serena Williams or Sloane Stephens.

All over: Azarenka and Kuznetsova shake hands after their match

All over: Azarenka and Kuznetsova shake hands after their match

Australian Open 2013: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Former world No 1 Wozniacki crashes out as Kuznetsova finds her form to make the quarter-finals

PUBLISHED:

02:53 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

03:21 GMT, 21 January 2013

A resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova stunned former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki in an absorbing encounter on Rod Laver Arena to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-2 2-6 7-5 victory on Monday.

The former U.S. and French Open champion, unseeded this year after an injury-disrupted 2012, prevailed in a highly competitive 75-minute third set and wrapped up her victory with a backhand volley at the net.

Shock: Svetlana Kuznetsova got the better of former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki

Shock: Svetlana Kuznetsova got the better of former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki

Kuznetsova saw her streak of 40
straight Grand Slam appearances broken last year when a right knee
injury forced her out of the U.S. Open.

The 27-year-old Russian made 41
unforced errors but 52 winners were enough to claim a place in the last
eight for the third time in 12 appearances at Melbourne Park.

Getting to the ball: Wozniacki gets her backhand over the net

Getting to the ball: Wozniacki gets her backhand over the net

Fast start: Svetlana Kuznetsova dominated the first set

Fast start: Svetlana Kuznetsova dominated the first set

The former world No 2 will play the
winner of the next match on Rod Laver Arena between defending champion
Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina.

London 2012 Olympics weightlifting: Maiya Maneza wins women"s 63kg gold

Kazakhstan's Maneza breaks Olympic record to clinch women's 63kg gold

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16:45 GMT, 31 July 2012

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Maiya Maneza turned the women's 63kg into a personal pursuit for Olympic and world records after clinching gold for Kazakhstan.

All the talk going into the competition was of a duel between Maneza and Russia's Svetlana Tsarukaeva, with the two lifters going head-to-head for the previous three world championships.

Weigh to go: Kazakhstan's Maiya Maneza celebrates after winning gold in the women's 63kg weightlifting competition

Weigh to go: Kazakhstan's Maiya Maneza celebrates after winning gold in the women's 63kg weightlifting competition

Tsarukaeva led at the interval after a snatch of 112kg compared to Maneza's 110kg, but the Russian's clean and jerk predictably let her down and 125kg (total 237kg) was only enough for silver.

Maneza clinched gold with her first clean and jerk attempt at 135kg – equalling the Olympic record – before she set about trying to take her own world record of 143kg.

Lift off: Maneza broke the Olympic record en route to winning the gold medal

Lift off: Maneza broke the Olympic record en route to winning the gold medal

Two failed lifts at 144kg meant it was not to be, but a 245kg total was enough for another Olympic record.

Both Maneza and Tsarukaeva failed to total in Beijing four years ago.

Canada's Christine Girard (236kg) edged bronze ahead of Turkey's Sibel Simsek, making up for her agonising fourth place at the 2008 Olympics.

Golden girl: Maneza attempted to break the world record but after two failed attempts her total was enough to win the competition

Golden girl: Maneza attempted to break the world record but after two failed attempts her total was enough to win the competition

French Open 2012: Maria Sharapova beats Sara Errani in final

Sharapova completes the Slam as world No 1 sweeps aside Errani to win French Open

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15:04 GMT, 9 June 2012

Maria Sharapova has completed a career Grand Slam after seeing off the challenge of Sara Errani to win the French Open.

The new world No 1 swept Errani aside to win 6-3, 6-2 and claim her first Major since the 2008 Australian Open.

Knee-sy does it: Sharapova sinks to the clay on realising the enormity of her achievement

Knee-sy does it: Sharapova sinks to the clay on realising the enormity of her achievement

Knee-sy does it: Sharapova sinks to the clay on realising the enormity of her achievement

All smiles: Sharapova celebrates her first Grand Slam title since 2008

All smiles: Sharapova celebrates her first Grand Slam title since 2008

Sharapova is the 10th
woman to achieve a career Grand Slam, following in the footsteps of the
likes of Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams.

Errani's
brilliant run to the final, which included wins over Ana Ivanovic,
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sam Stosur, was one of the most surprising for
many years but in the end Sharapova's extra power was simply too much.

There's something about Maria: Sharapova brushed aside Errani to win in Paris

There's something about Maria: Sharapova brushed aside Errani to win in Paris

Sharapova's last grand slam title came in prior to the shoulder surgery that she feared at one stage might end her career.

It has been a long road back but she
has been in superb form this season, winning titles on clay in
Stuttgart and Rome to emerge as one of the main contenders on a surface
once so alien she described herself as like a cow on ice.

Throwing in the towel: Errani was no match for the new world No 1

Throwing in the towel: Errani was no match for the new world No 1

Errani is totally at home on clay and
could boast one more title than her opponent from a breakthrough season
but there was no disguising the power advantage of Sharapova.

She made the perfect start to the
second set, breaking the Errani serve to love in the opening game, and
then staved off a break point as the Italian sought to level at 2-2.

Deep purple: The Italian won just five games in Saturday's French Open final

Deep purple: The Italian won just five games in Saturday's French Open final

Sharapova was certainly not having
things all her own way but she was winning the points that mattered, and
she moved 4-1 ahead after a lengthy Errani service game.

The Italian was trying everything to
knock Sharapova off her stride, including plenty of trips to the net,
but, after pulling one break back, she promptly lost her serve again as
the Russian powered away a backhand winner.

That left Sharapova serving for the
title, but again Errani made her work very hard for it. The Italian had
made many fans with her never-say-die attitude and she saved two match
points, one with a pinpoint drop shot, but on the third Sharapova was
simply too good, the Russian sinking to her knees in celebration.

French Open 2012: Sara Errani beats Svetlana Kuznetsova

Errani stuns former champion Kuznetsova to reach French Open quarter finals

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12:27 GMT, 3 June 2012

Italy's Sara Errani became the first woman into the French Open quarter-finals when she knocked out former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-0 7-5.

Clay-court specialist Errani, who had never gone beyond the second round at Roland Garros before this year, reeled off the first eight games before Kuznetsova won her first game, on a break.

Kuznetsova, the 2009 champion who had beaten Errani in five previous meetings, hit a succession of shots into the net to give away match point in the 12th game and then put a forehand wide.

Shock: Sara Errani celebrates after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova

Shock: Sara Errani celebrates after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova

Errani, seeded 21st, will now meet 10th-seeded German Angelique Kerber.

Kerber bludgeoned her way into the last eight for the first time with a 6-3 7-5 win over Croatian Petra Martic.

Power play: Angelique Kerber beat Petra Martic to reach the last eight

Power play: Angelique Kerber beat Petra Martic to reach the last eight

Kerber made an impressive run to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals last year and has a chance to match or even improve on that result after dispatching her 21-year-old opponent on a dark and gloomy Suzanne Lenglen court.

With the heavens threatening to open, a muttering Kerber did not want to hang around longer than necessary and yelled out an almighty 'Come on' after she fired down a backhand winner on her third match point.