Victoria Azarenka finds fight to win, advance

Updated: May 28, 2012, 4:04 PM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

PARIS -- It would have been totally understandable if Victoria Azarenka sighed one more time, closed her eyes, and chose to give in to the momentum mounting against her. Her first-round match at the French Open, against No. 105-ranked Alberta Brianti of Italy, was turning into a ridiculous nightmare.

Azarenka was down 6-7 (6), 0-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier, and the whisperers were growing louder: Could she go from being ranked and seeded No. 1 to being throttled and out of the ...

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