MELBOURNE: Dinara Safina clawed her way past Frenchwoman Alize Cornet and into Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.
The third seed narrowly avoided the same fate as Jelena Jankevic and Venus Williams when she survived two match points to defeat Cornet 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.
Far from being happy with her efforts in making the last eight, Safina was furious for almost losing a match which she believes she should have won comfortably.
The Russian raced through the first set easily to win it 6-2, won the first game of the second and had Cornet 15-40 in the next before it all started to go wrong.
Cornet stormed through the second set as Safina's unforced error rate skyrocketed, and then went out to a 5-2 lead in the third.
But despite twice serving for the match and at one stage having 5-4 and 40-15, Cornet was unable to take advantage and it was Safira raising her arms in triumph, leaving the Frenchwoman slumped in her chair in tears.