Azarenka rolls in Carlsbad opener

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Updated: August 1, 2013

2013 Australian Open - Day 13

Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka cruised to a
straight-set victory Wednesday in second-round action at the $795,000 Southern
California Open.

The reigning Australian Open champion and U.S. Open runner-up disposed of
Italy’s Francesca Schiavone by a 6-2, 6-3 margin on the hardcourts at La Costa
Resort and Spa.

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, seeded third, was an easy second-
round winner Wednesday, whipping fellow left-hander Laura Robson 6-1, 6-2 in
just under 75 minutes to advance to the third round.

Fourth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy eased past American Bethanie Mattek-Sands
6-4, 6-2, while fifth-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur rolled over Sesil
Karatantcheva 6-4, 6-1.

In the lone first-round match Wednesday, Serbian Ana Ivanovic, this week’s
seventh seed, outlasted last year’s Carlsbad runner-up Dominika Cibulkova 4-6,
6-3, 6-2 in a grueling match that lasted just over two hours.

The 2013 Carlsbad titlist will claim $125,000.