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Azarenka off to winning start

28 August 2013, 14:20

New York - For all of one game, Victoria Azarenka faced a bit of a test in the first round of the US Open.

And after needing 10 minutes to break serve at the outset, the second-seeded Azarenka breezed the rest of the way Tuesday night, putting together a 6-0, 6-0 victory over 99th-ranked Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany.

"There are things, you know, I feel like should be better," Azarenka said. "But overall, it's a good start."

It's the third time in Azarenka's career that she managed to win a Grand Slam match by 6-0, 6-0.

This one was played in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Azarenka lost in three sets to Serena Williams in last year's final.

"The last time I was here," Azarenka said, "it was very emotional."

This one was far, far less competitive or gripping, except perhaps for the opening game, which lasted 18 points spread over 10 minutes, until two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka converted her sixth break point. The rest of the match took a total of 55 minutes.

If she felt any shred of jitters, Azarenka worked through them in that first game. By the time she smacked a backhand winner down the line to end the match, she had won 61 of the 95 points that were played.

Azarenka played cleanly, with only 10 unforced errors to 27 by Pfizenmaier, who was making her debut in the main draw of the US Open. Azarenka saved all three break points she faced, while converting 6 of 14.

Her best success has come on hard courts, the surface for 16 of her 17 tournament titles. That includes this month's tournament at Cincinnati, where Azarenka beat Williams in the final - her second victory over the No 1-ranked American this season.

They only could meet in the final at Flushing Meadows again this year.

Up next for Azarenka is 323rd-ranked Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada, a 7-5, 7-6 (5) winner against Vesna Dolonc of Serbia.

US Open results on Tuesday at Flushing Meadows (x denotes seeded player):


1st rd

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

Benjamin Becker (GER) bt Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) bt Lukasz Kubot (POL) 7-5, 7-5, 6-2

Joao Sousa (POR) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x25) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Tommy Haas (GER x12) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-1

Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Daniel Gimeno (ESP) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Donald Young (USA) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 6-1, 6-0, 6-1

Florian Mayer (GER) bt Juan Monaco (ARG x28) 6-4, 6-2, 3-0, retired

Tobias Kamke (GER) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2

Denis Istomin (UZB) bt Nicolas Almagro (ESP x15) 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Julien Benneteau (FRA x31) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Denis Kudla (USA) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (6/8), 7-5

Tomas Berdych (CZE x5) bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-1

Pablo Andujar (ESP) bt Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

Milos Raonic (CAN x10) bt Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3

Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL x14) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Jack Sock (USA) bt Philipp Petzschner (GER) 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 5-2, retired

Roger Federer (SUI x7) bt Grega Zemlja (SLO) 6-3, 6-2, 7-5

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) bt Santiago Giraldo (COL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-2

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

Sam Querrey (USA x26) bt Guido Pella (ARG) 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

John Isner (USA x13) bt Filippo Volandri (ITA) 6-0, 6-2, 6-3

Gael Monfils (FRA) bt Adrian Ungur (ROM) 6-1, 6-2, 6-0

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Albert Montanes (ESP) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x22) bt Collin Altamirano (USA) 6-1, 6-3, 6-1

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 6-2, 7-6 (12/10)


1st rd

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x6) bt Duan Ying-Ying (CHN) 6-2, 7-5

Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) bt Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Jana Cepelova (SVK) 6-2, 6-2

Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) bt Klara Zakopalova (CZE x31) 6-3, 6-3

Elena Vesnina (RUS x22) bt Annika Beck (GER) 6-1, 6-1

Karin Knapp (ITA) bt Grace Min (USA) 6-3, 6-1

Lucie Safarova (CZE) bt Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

Roberta Vinci (ITA x10) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-4, 6-2

Maria Kirilenko (RUS x14) bt Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 6-1, 6-1

Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) bt Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 6-4, 6-3

Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Mariana Duque (COL) 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-2

Simona Halep (ROM x21) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x27) bt Mallory Burdette (USA) 6-3, 7-5

Peng Shuai (CHN) bt Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 6-3, 6-4

Flavia Pennetta (ITA) bt Nicole Gibbs (USA) 6-0, 6-2

Sara Errani (ITA x4) bt Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 6-0, 6-0

Petra Kvitova (CZE x7) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-2, 6-4

Alison Riske (USA) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-3, 6-3

Mona Barthel (GER x28) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-1, 6-4

Julia Glushko (ISR) bt Nadia Petrova (RUS x20) 6-3, 6-4

Sachia Vickery (USA) bt Mirjana Lucic (CRO) 6-4, 6-4

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) bt Maria Sanchez (USA) 7-5, 6-2

Victoria Duval (USA) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS x11) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Ana Ivanovic (SRB x13) bt Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 6-2, 6-0

Alexandra Dulgheru (ROM) bt Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

Christina McHale (USA) bt Julia Gorges (GER) 6-4, 6-3

Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x17) 6-4, 6-3

Alize Cornet (FRA x26) bt Maria Joao Koehler (POR) 6-3, 6-2

Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) bt Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) bt Vesna Manasieva (SRB) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5)

Victoria Azarenka (BLR x2) bt Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) 6-0, 6-0

- AP


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