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Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka into quarterfinals

Melbourne, Australia: Victoria Azarenka remained on track for a third consecutive Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over American Sloane Stephens in a fourth-round match Monday.   Azarenka, who has seen two major contenders
India TV News Desk January 20, 2014 9:58 IST
India TV News Desk
Melbourne, Australia: Victoria Azarenka remained on track for a third consecutive Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over American Sloane Stephens in a fourth-round match Monday.


  
Azarenka, who has seen two major contenders for her title -- Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova -- lose in the past 24 hours, broke Stephens' serve to open the second set and then in the seventh to lead 5-2 before closing out the match.
   
The match was a replay of the pair's acrimonious semifinal last year when Azarenka took a medical timeout just when it appeared Stephens was getting momentum.
   
Stephens hit Azarenka in the hip area with a shot at the net in the first set on Monday, and Azarenka sent a forehand whizzing past Stephens a few games later.