Fourth seed Elena Dementieva is on fire and not only because of the scorching heat troubling players in Melbourne. The Russian has remained undefeated this season seeing off Spanish world No.46 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2 to move into the Australian Open semifinals.
Dementieva was too dominant in the first four games with Suarez Navarro winning only two points. The Spaniard then improved her performance, and the sixth game featured as much as 11 deuces, but Dementieva managed to hold her serve, and soon she took the first set 6-2.
Dementieva won the second set with the same score, closing out the victory on her first match point. Suarez Navarro, who upset Venus Williams in the second round, converted none of her ten break points during the quarterfinal against Dementieva.
By reaching her second career Grand Slam quarterfinal, Suarez Navarro is projected to vault the into the Top 30 for the first time in her career. The world No.4 Dementieva could become top-ranked player in the world if she wins the 2009 Australian Open singles title or if she reaches the finals but Dinara Safina does not also reach the finals.
Dementieva’s next opponent will be either Svetlana Kuznetsova or three-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams. The other semifinal is set; it will feature Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina. Notice, we’re having three Russians in the semis. (photo: Getty Images)