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Australian Open: Victoria Azarenka through to second round

Associated Press
Jan 15, 2013 at 11:32am IST

Melbourne: Victoria Azarenka has opened the defense of her Australian Open title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Monica Niculescu of Romania. Azarenka powered to a 4-0 lead in the opening set over Niculescu, who is winless in singles tournaments on the WTA Tour.

The top-seeded Azarenka was down a service break and trailed 3-0 in the second set before coming back to level the set at 4. She then broke Niculescu's serve in the ninth game before serving out Tuesday's match.

Azarenka could meet No. 3 Serena Williams, who also won Tuesday, in the semifinals at Melbourne Park.

Victoria Azarenka through to second round

Victoria Azarenka has opened the defense of her Australian Open title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Monica Niculescu.

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