2nd seed Dinara Safina lost in straight sets today to 5th seed Elena Dementieva at the Medibank International in Sydney. Dementieva's 6-2, 6-3 victory gets her a semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka had a tougher time of it, fighting off Dominika Cibulkova in the quarterfinals, but finished with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 score.
Top seed Serena Williams defeated Vera Dushevina 6-2, 6-2, and will next play Aravane Rezai, who defeated Flavia Pennetta, 6-3, 6-0. Rezai had excellent service stats in her quarterfinal match, while Pennetta's second serve abandoned her.