Azarenka moves on Aussie Open

5:37 AM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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Melbourne, Australia ( - Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka was a first-round victor in Tuesday's first-round action of the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam.

The former World No. 1 Azarenka, seeded second, defeated Johanna Larsson of Sweden 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. Azarenka hasn't lost at this event since 2011, defeating Li Na in last year's final and Maria Sharapova in the 2012 championship match.

Tenth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark whipped Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-0, 6-2, while 11th-seeded Romanian Simona Halep also had little trouble in a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Poland's Katarzyna Piter.

Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, seeded 16th, also advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over American Vania King

Alize Cornet of France, seeded 25th, moved to the next round when her opponent, Slovenian Polona Hercog, retired in the first set with an injury.

Unseeded winners on Tuesday included Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic, Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan and American Christina McHale.

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