• Kyodo


Japan’s Ai Sugiyama and South African partner Liezel Huber breezed past Slovakian Janette Husarova and Dinara Safina of Russia 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the women’s doubles at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Sugiyama and Huber, the third seeds, had little difficulty dispatching their opponents in straight sets as they aggressively attacked the net and exploited several mistakes at Melbourne Park Tennis Center.

“I’ve finally started to attack the net and I feel sharp,” said Sugiyama. “It was easy to play today. We’re also playing well as a team.”

Husarova and Safina had a service break in the first game of the second set but the third-seeded pair bounced back and dominated their opponents to claim victory.

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