Victoria Azarenka road to the final
Round Opponent Score
R1 Monica Niculescu 6-1, 6-4
R2 Eleni Daniilidou 6-1, 6-0
R3 Jamie Hampton 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
R4 Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-1
QF Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-1
SF Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4
Li Na road to the final
Round Opponent Score
R1 Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-3
R2 Olga Govortsova 6-2, 7-5
R3 Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-1
R4 Julia Goerges 7-6, 6-1
QF Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3
SF Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2

Will Azarenka retain her title and her number one ranking?

Player of the day: Sloane Stephens. The 19 yr old player upsets Serena Williams to reach the semis.

And as always, poor sportmanship from Serena’s part: she had the “worst ever two weeks at a Grand Slam tournament” and suddenly remembers that she has a back injury… Can’t stand her.

In the other womens quarterfinal, Victoria Azarenka beats Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5 6-1.

Roger Federer reaches his 10th consecutive semifinal at Melbourne Park with a five set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 4-6 7-6 3-6 6-3.
Andy Murray dispatches Jérémy Chardy in straight sets.

Li Na and Maria Sharapova secure their spot in the semifinals with victories over Agnieszka Radwanska and Elena Makarova.

Nicolas Almagro leads by two sets to love, serves three times for the match, but falls to David Ferrer in 5 sets. Nerves anyone?
Disappointing performance by Tomas Berdych who loses to gluten-free Djokovic in 4 sets.

Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga move on to the quarterfinals.
Only “surprises” today: Svetlana Kuznetsova defeats Caroline Wozniacki and Jérémy Chardy wins over Andreas Seppi.

Day 9 matches:
Li Na-Agnieszka Radwanska
Ekaterina Makarova-Maria Sharapova
David Ferrer-Nicolas Almagro
Novak Djokovic-Tomas Berdych