Vera Zvonareva and Kim Clijsters joined Caroline Wozniacki and Li Na in the semifinals of the 2011 Australian Open, after the Russian second seed defeated Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-4 and the Belgian third seed defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 7-6(4). This means that we have the top three seeds in the semis, and Li who is yet to lose a match this season.
Zvonareva reached her third successive Grand Slam semifinal, in straight sets, but not before Kvitova, who had upset Samantha Stosur and Flavia Pennetta earlier in the tournement, went from 0-4 to 2-4 in the first set, and more importantly, from 0-3 to 4-3 in the second. Clijsters also advanced in straight sets against Radwanska, who was playing her first tournament in three months.
The semifinal pair of Zvonareva and Clijsters has met 9 times in their careers. Clijsters won their first five meetings, until 2006, but from then on Zvonareva won three of their four matches, all happening in 2010.