Azarenka reaches Aussie quarters

1:05 AM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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Melbourne, Australia (Sports Network) - Top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka bounced back from a tough third-round match to breeze past Elena Vesnina and into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Azarenka needed three sets to upend Jamie Hampton on Saturday, but had little trouble dispatching Vesnina, 6-1, 6-1 at Rod Laver Arena. The native of Belarus was broken in the first game of the second set, but wound up winning the next six to finish the match in 57 minutes.

Next up for Azarenka is another Russian in Svetlana Kuznetsova, a two-time major champion who outlasted former World No. 1 and 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

A pair of Americans are set to play later Monday, as third-seeded Serena Williams continues her push to a third straight major title against No. 14 seed Maria Kirilenko, while 29th-seeded Sloane Stephens of Florida takes on Bojana Jovanovski.

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