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Caroline Wozniacki beats Francesca Schiavone to reach Australian Open semifinals

Caroline Wozniacki is the ladies top seed at this year's Australian Open tennis championship. Italy's French Open champ made Caroline Wozniacki work to reach the Aussie semis.

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Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki makes a forehand return to Italy's Francesca Schiavone during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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Caroline Wozniacki has been treating tennis fans around the world with terrific play over the past several months.

The world's number one female player reached the quarterfinals of the French Open last spring. Then, after losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon, the Danish star won tournaments in her home country, Cincinnati, Montreal, and New Haven. Last summer's US Open saw Wozniacki reach the semifinals, where she fell to Vera Zvonareva.

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Some observers have their doubts about Wozniacki being ranked number one in the world and the top seed in the Australian Open.

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But, on Tuesday, she defeated defending French Open champ Francesca Schiavone, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in an entertaining match for fans.

Next up for Wozniacki will be Li Na of China in the women's semifinals.