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Azarenka cruises into 2nd round of Cincinnati Open

 Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, reacts after scoring a point against Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, during the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Op...

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Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, reacts after scoring a point against Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, during the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Op...

Ninth-seeded Victoria Azarenka advanced into the second round of the Cincinnati Open with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over Kaia Kanepi on Monday.
Azarenka used a steady game to defeat Kanepi, who committed 36 unforced errors to Azarenka's 15. Kanepi also had six double-faults, while Azarenka had just one.
Azarenka said the match was tougher than the score indicated.
"She's had good results recently, so I expected a tough match," Azarenka said.
Two qualifiers, Olga Govortsova and Kateryna Bondarenko, also advanced in straight sets.
Govortsova beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-3 and Bondarenko topped Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-2.
In other matches, 16th-seeded Virginie Razzano fell to Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; Patty Schnyder defeated Gisela Dulko 6-4, 6-0; Lucie Safarova outlasted Iveta Benesova 6-3, 7-6 (7); Aleksandra Wozniak beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-3; and Melinda Czink handled Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-2.
The $2 million Western and Southern Financial Group Women's Open was elevated this year from a Tier III event to a Premier Level tournament.


Updated : 2021-10-26 21:01 GMT+08:00