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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Wimbledon 2011: Victoria Azarenka tops Tamira Paszek for semifinal berth


Victoria Azarenka is back int he semifinals. (Clive Mason / GETTY IMAGEs)

Victoria Azarenka completed the slate of semifinalists at Wimbledon, beating Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-1 in a match that started on Court 1 but was moved under the Centre Court roof after one game because of rain.

Azarenka, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2009, will play Petra Kvitova in a semifinal Thursday; Maria Sharapova will play Sabine Lisicki in the other semifinal.

“It was definitely very difficult to wait the whole day and keep focused, but I'm really glad we managed to play and I'm really happy with the win,” Azarenka said, via the BBC.

“I knew when we went back to the locker rooms it was too late to wait on Court 1. The roof is just amazing.”

“It's my mum's birthday today so I wanted to give her a big gift and I was trying to play beautifully. I stayed really focused today and composed throughout the whole match.”

Azarenka, the tournament’s fourth seed from Belarus, has been derided for her loud grunting and drew criticism from Wimbledon officials early in the tournament. Sharapova is another loud player, leading to the possibility of one of the loudest, gruntiest Grand Slam finals ever.

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