Azarenka extends winning run
Fri, 17 Feb 15:38:00 2012
The top seed needed just under an hour to deal with the Belgian, extending her unbeaten run this year.
Azarenka has now won 15 consecutive matches, which has included lifting the Australian Open crown and claim the world number one ranking.
"I would consider the first set a perfect set,” the Belarusian said.
“I was really going for every shot I could and everything was working. In the second set I had opportunities in every game, I just couldn't convert them."
Azarenka will next face good friend and fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the final.
The Pole, who was beaten in three sets by Azarenka in the Melbourne quarter-finals, easily overcame American Christina McHale 6-1 6-1 to book her place in the last four.
The Australian opened well but was pegged back by Niculescu before recovering to post a 6-2 2-6 6-3 win and set up a meeting with Marion Bartoli.
The French fifth seed was also made to work hard in her quarter-final, before beating Czech Lucie Safarova 7-5 4-6 6-1.
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