Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - 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
Eighth-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic whipped Japan's Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-2, while
fifth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska had her hands full with Yulia Putintseva
of Kazakhstan, but eventually took a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory.
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 and 20th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of
Slovakia took down Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-4.
In a minor upset, Spain's Garbine Muguruza took down 24th-seeded Estonian Kaia
Kanepi 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
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.
Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, seeded 29th, took a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory
against Brazil's Teliana Pereira, while No. 32 seed Magdalena Rybarikova
defeated Andrea Petkovic, 6-2, 6-3.
Unseeded winners on Tuesday included Olga Govortsova, Kurumi Nara Camila
Giorgi, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova , Galina Voskoboeva, Zarina Diyas, Mandy
Minella, Stefanie Voegele, Ajla Tomljanovic, Anna Schmiedlova, Anna Schmid
Christina McHale and Varvara Lepchenko.
The Sports Network