( RIA Novosti ) - Russia's Yelena Dementyeva and Dinara Safina will play each other in the semifinals of the 2007 Kremlin Cup in Moscow following their victories on Friday in the tournament's quarterfinals.
Dementyeva defeated Viktoria Azarenko from Belarus in straight sets 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. The Belarusian had earlier caused a major upset, knocking out former world No.1 Maria Sharapova from Russia.
Safina, who won this year's U.S. Open tournament in women's doubles, defeated her compatriot Vera Zvonaryova in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
In other women's singles quarterfinals matches, two other Russians - top-seed and world No.2 Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Dushevina - are to play each other, while Serena Williams from the United States is to face Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic.
A total of $2,340,000 in prize money is up for grabs in the tournament held at the Olimpiisky stadium in the capital of Russia.
The Kremlin Cup, held this year for the 18th time, is Russia's first-ever international professional tournament and is included in the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tennis tournaments under the International Series category.