Top-ranked Azarenka reaches Brisbane semifinals

Updated: January 3, 2013, 12:37 AM ET
Associated Press

BRISBANE, Australia -- Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka routed Kazakh qualifier Ksenia Pervak 6-1, 6-0 on Thursday to set up a possible semifinal showdown with Serena Williams at the Brisbane International.

Azarenka, the reigning Australian Open champion, needed only 68 minutes to win her quarterfinal, breaking Pervak's serve seven times.

Pervak opened the tournament with an upset win over former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, but didn't have anything left to trouble Azarenka after coming ...

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