Noisy Azarenka ready for breakthrough

Updated: June 29, 2011, 8:30 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Victoria Azarenka entered the French Open as one of the favorites, based on the numbers. The Arizona-based Belarusian had won 18 of her previous 19 completed matches.

But after Azarenka lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Li Na, her coach, Sam Sumyk, said Azarenka shouldn't have been dubbed a serious contender. There were other players in form, and they had more experience, he argued.

Now, Azarenka finds herself in a maiden Grand Slam semifinal ...

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