Champion Azarenka into 3rd round in Australia

Champion Azarenka into 3rd round in Australia
January 16, 2013, 8:59 pm
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China's Zheng Jie hits a forehand return during her second round win over Australia's Samantha Stosur at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Victoria Azarenka is starting to find some rhythm in her Australian Open title defense, almost dancing onto the Rod Laver Arena court to some disco tunes before racing through her 6-1, 6-0 second-round win over Eleni Daniilidou in 55 minutes.

With temperatures forecast to top 102 degrees, Azarenka didn't want to be out in the heat.

She said, ``I felt like I'm back in the competitive mode.''

Daniilidou only won 10 points in the first set and, despite having triple break point in the fourth game of the second, couldn't win a game in the second set.

Azarenka's win came a day after No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova, the woman she beat in the Australian final last year, recorded her second 6-0, 6-0 win of the tournament.