6 Jun 2013

Azarenka excited to be in semi-finals

7:18 am on 6 June 2013

Victoria Azarenka's love affair with clay continued after she reached her maiden French Open semi-final with a straight sets victory over former doubles partner Maria Kirilenko.

The former world number one from Belarus, seeded third at Roland Garros, put her friendship with Kirilenko aside to end the Russian 12th seed's run.

Azarenka says her relationship with the clay surface is getting better.

Azarenka, who has now reached the last four in all the grand-slam events, will meet defending champion Maria Sharapova, the second seed, against whom she enjoys a 7-5 record although she has lost their two matches on clay.