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|MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva alive her bid for a third consecutive Grand Slam final, ting Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-6 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
She lost the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals last year. Zvonareva can move into the No. 1 ranking with an Australian Open title. Third-seed Kim Clijsters struggled a bit while beating Alize Cornet of France 7-6, 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the fourth round.
No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska also advanced in the women's draw, cruising past Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2.
On the men's side, fourth-seeded Robin Soderling beat Czech qualifier Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to extend his 2011 winning streak to eight matches.
Andy Murray moved another step closer to consecutive Australian Open finals, routing Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in the third round of the year's first major.
Big serving Milos Raonic, a 20-year-old Canadian qualifier, knocked No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny out of the tournament with a 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win.
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