Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kirilenko a star in Australian Open doubles

Maria Kirilenko, seeded 12th with partner Victoria Azarenka, has reached the final of the Australian Open. Azarenka and Kirilenko will compete against top seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in the final. In mixed doubles, Kirilenko and partner Nenad Zimonjic--seeded number 3--have reached the semifinals. In that round, they will play Katarina Zrebotnik and Zimonjic's former doubles partner, Daniel Nestor. Srebotnik and Nestor received a quarterfinal walkover from Anastasia Rodionova and Mahesh Bhupati.

The other mixed doubles semefinal will feature Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecau playing against Chan Yung-Jan and Paul Hanley.

In women's wheelchair singles, top seed Esther Vergeer will play 2nd seed Daniela Di Toro in the final. And in women's wheelchair doubles, top seeds Vergeer and Sharon Walraven will compete in the final against 2nd seeds Aniek Van Koot and Jiske Griffioen. Van Koot and Griffioen won their semifinal match 7-6, 7-6.

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