Australian Open: Azarenka, Serena Breeze Through 1st

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Updated: January 15, 2013

Victoria Azarenka waits for a serve in her first round win over Monica Niculescu at the Australian Open.

Victoria Azarenka breezed into her Australian Open title defense with a comfortable 6-4 6-1 win over Monica Niculescu, while Serena Williams dodged what may be her most formidable challenge this month in Melbourne—staying injury free. Williams rolled her ankle early in the first set against Edina Gallovits-Hall and required the trainer as she lay on the court. But the pre-tournament favorite gingerly walked it off and blasted finished a 6-0 6-0 whitewash. Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki overcame a first-set hiccup to beat Sabine Lisicki 2-6 6-3 6-3, while 42-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm scored what could turn out to be the most surprising upset of the tournament with a 6-2 6-0 demolition of 12-seeded Natalia Petrova. She became the oldest woman to win a match in Australian Open history. Other seeds to fall were Sara Errani (to Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets), Urszula Radwanska (to Jamie Hampton) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (to Leisa Tsurenko). Rising British star Laura Robson also eliminated Melanie Oudin 6-2 6-3.

Tomorrow’s featured matches are Venus Williams vs. Alize Cornet, Maria Sharapova vs. Misaki Doi and Li Na vs. Olga Govortsova.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Melbourne, Australia
January 14-27, 2013
$13,712,772/Grand Slam
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Singles - First Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 61 64
(3) Serena Williams (USA) d. Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) 60 60
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (7) Sara Errani (ITA) 64 64
(8) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 26 62
(10) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 26 63 63
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. (12) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 62 60
(14) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Vania King (USA) 64 62
(16) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 63 75
(17) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 76(4) 64
(20) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (WC) Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 61 75
(21) Varvara Lepchenko (USA)d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 61
(Q) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. (24) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 75 36 75
(26) Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) 76(5) 62
Annika Beck (GER) d. (28) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 62 67(7) 63
(29) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 61 61
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. (31) Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 64
Peng  Shuai (CHN) d. Rebecca Marino (CAN) 63 60
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (WC) Caroline Garcia (FRA) 36 63 61
Laura Robson (GBR) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 62 63
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP) 26 64 63
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 63 63
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 62 61
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Alexandra Panova (RUS) 64 16 63
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 75 57 64
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Timea Babos (HUN) 63 46 119
Donna Vekic (CRO) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 61 62
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 46 61 1412
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. (Q) Greta Arn (HUN) 62 62
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) d. Christina McHale (USA) 61 67(0) 62
(Q) Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 64 62
(Q) Luksika Kumkhum (THA) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 76(5) 64
(Q) Daria Gavrilova (RUS) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 63 67(2) 64

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