With Gritted Teeth, Victoria Azarenka Advances To Second Round

Updated: August 27, 2014, 9:24 AM ET
By Jane McManus | espnW.com

NEW YORK -- Victoria Azarenka is fighting for her career, point by point.

That reality was evident in the way she talked to herself on Tuesday, the way she stared down the ball when it came at her. She is the 16th seed at the US Open, a tournament where she has twice made it all the way to the final, and yet she struggled to reach the second round against Misaki Doi, finally winning 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1.

"Sometimes what it is, it's challenging to get the rhythm because your physical ...

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