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Victoria Azarenka wins Madrid opener

Updated: May 6, 2012, 9:27 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and second-seeded Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the Madrid Open with straight-set wins Sunday on the event's new blue-clay court.

Azarenka beat Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 7-6 (5), 6-4 in a tough opening match.

The Australian Open champion and Kuznetsova traded breaks in the first set. Just when it looked as if the second set was going to end in another tiebreaker, Azarenka broke again to close out the match.

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