Victoria Azarenka wins in straight sets

LUXEMBOURG -- Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Luxembourg Open.

She will play sixth-seeded Julia Goerges on Saturday, after the German advanced when Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia withdrew with a hip injury while trailing 5-2.

In other quarterfinals, Monica Niculescu of Romania defeated lucky loser Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4, and Anne Keothavong of Britain beat Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2.