March 31, 2011 / 1:21 AM / 8 years ago

Kim Clijsters falls to Victoria Azarenka in Miami

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns with a backhand to Kim Clijsters of Belgium at the Sony Ericsson Tennis Tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida March 30, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

MIAMI (Reuters) - Belarussian Victoria Azarenka produced some sparkling tennis to defeat world number two Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday.

Azarenka, whose career breakthrough came with her win here at Key Biscayne in 2009, ran out 6-3 6-3 winner against the 2010 champion Clijsters.

The eighth-ranked Azarenka took full advantage of a below-par display from Clijsters who made 44 unforced errors.

Azarenka will face Russian world number three Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals on Thursday after she enjoyed a 7-5 6-3 win over Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.

The Russian took advantage of some mediocre serves from her opponent to go up 6-5 in the first set and although Radwanska rallied in the next game to go up 30-0 against serve, Zvonareva regained her composure to wrap up the first set.

It was easier going in the second and the Russian finished off the ninth-seeded Radwanska with a perfect passing shot down the left.

Russian Maria Sharapova will face emerging German talent Andrea Petkovic in Thursday’s other semi-final.

Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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