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Victoria Azarenka finds rhythm

Updated: January 14, 2014, 12:23 PM ET
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Victoria Azarenka began her bid for a third consecutive Australian Open title with a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win over Johanna Larsson on Tuesday as the predicted heat wave arrived at Melbourne Park.

Conscious of the time and the temperature, former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and No. 11 Simona Halep raced to straight-sets wins in their first-round matches on the other show courts.

Third-seeded Maria Sharapova also advanced when she beat American Bethanie ...

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