Azarenka beats Vinci, meets Kerber in Tokyo QFs

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Victoria Azarenka was untroubled in the third round of Tokyo WTA tournament as she dismissed Roberta Vinci in two sets.

Top seed and World No. 1 Azarenka had beaten fourteenth-seeded Italian Vinci twice before meeting her in third round of the Pan Pacific Open 2012. Both of their previous encounters took place at the French Open. As it turned out, the outcome was practically similar on the hard court of Tokyo as Vinci is yet to steal a set from the Belarus.

Azarenka served two love games in the opening stages, grabbed a break in the process, but let Vinci equalize at 3-3. The Italian was facing a triple break point few minutes later and the recent US Open finalist did not let the opportunity slip out of her hands. Vinci averted the first set ball to force a deuce in the following game, but it was all over a couple of rallies later.

Azarenka, who conquered her first Grand Slam in Melbourne earlier this year and  became a proud owner of Olympic bronze medal in the summer, was a dominant figure in the first part of the second set as she built an impressive 4-0 lead. 2012 Dallas champion Vinci got her game together a bit to seize two consecutive games, but that was as far as she could get with Azarenka today. The Belarusian responded with a new break and even defended four break points in her last service game before securing the quarterfinal ticket with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Azarenka is playing the best ranked German Angie Kerber next.

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