Azarenka could face Serena Williams in semis

Updated: January 11, 2013, 11:07 PM ET
By Jane McManus

Victoria Azarenka is ready to defend her 2012 Australian Open title when the tournament gets under way in Melbourne on Monday. The Belarusian is the No. 1-ranked player in the world and top seed. If healthy, she should have a clear path to the semifinals.

Although she has points to defend when it comes to her ranking, Azarenka said Thursday that she can't look at it that way when it comes to a Grand Slam event.

"I don't really want to defend anything -- I'm here ...

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