Pavlyuchenkova downs Kuznetsova to reach Australian Open quarters

Anastasiya Pavlyuchenkova2Melbourne: Russian tennis player Anastasiya Pavlyuchenkova qualified for the Australian Open quarter-finals beating compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3 here on Sunday.

Pavlyuchenkova, the 24th seed, got the better of eighth seeded Kuznetsova in an hour and eight minutes in the fourth round match, reports Tass.

The 25-year-old Pavlyuchenkova entered the Australian Open quarters for the first time in her career.

She claimed 62 of the total 112 points played in the match, hitting 21 winners -- seven more than her opponent.

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She will next play American veteran and World No.1 Venus Williams who defeated Germany's Mona Barthel 6-3, 7-5 earlier in the day.