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Azarenka moves forward

Published Apr 7, 2010


Marbella, Spain - Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Russia beat Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-3, 6-0 to reach the second round of the Andalucia Open on Tuesday.

Azarenka broke Meusburger six times on the outdoor clay to pace herself to victory.

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Sixth-seeded Maria Kirilenko lost to Sorana Cirstea of Romania 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 for the second time in as many meetings, and she was the only seed in action to depart.

Fifth-seeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland while fellow Spaniard and eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro beat Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-0 to improve her record against the Italian to 3-0.

Also, seventh-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-1, 6-4 in an all-Spanish matchup.

Italians Alberta Brianti and Sara Errani and qualifier Simona Halep of Romania were other first-round winners. - Sapa-AP

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