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Tennis: Serena, Azarenka romp in Melbourne

Published on Jan 17, 2013 11:37 AM
Belarus's Victoria Azarenka plays a return during her women's singles match against Greece's Eleni Daniilidou on the fourth day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 17, 2013. Defending champion Azarenka is expected to face 15-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams in the semi-finals. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka conceded just one game in a lopsided second-round romp at the Australian Open on Thursday, while Serena Williams shook off an ankle injury to progress.

A pumped-up Azarenka, with her renowned grunting at full volume, said her game was exactly where she wanted it after crushing Greece's Eleni Daniilidou 6-1, 6-0.

She was followed onto Rod Laver Arena on a scorching hot day by Williams, with all eyes on her condition after a nasty roll of the right ankle in her first-round match.

But the American third seed, looking for a sixth Australian title, was moving freely in a solid 6-2, 6-0 workout against Spanish teenager Garbine Muguruza.

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