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    Default Safina narrowly avoids defeat in Australian Open

    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.

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    Default Re: Safina narrowly avoids defeat in Australian Op

    hmmm good

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