Azarenka survives scare in Paris and moves into fourth round

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Play started on Centre Court in sunny weather on Day 7 at the French Open with Belarusian 3rd seed Vika Azarenka taking on Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, the 31st seed. For the first set and half of the second set, this was the best and most exciting match of the tournament to date, with Cornet playing at her absolute best, while Azarenka was very much below par. Cornet ran up a 2-0 lead in the first set despite long, hard hitting rallies, before Azarenka broke to trail 1-2. After four successive breaks of service Azarenka held to level at 3-3, but Cornet held and broke again for 5-3. With Cornet serving for the set, the 3rd seed broke again, but Cornet got the last break to take the set 6-4. Cornet started the second set, but after a nine minute game Azarenka broke. In a repeat of the first set, the Frenchwoman broke straight back and held for 2-1. Azarenka levelled, broke and held for 4-2 but Cornet held to love to trail 3-4. Azarenka took the next two games and the set 6-3. In the decider Cornet broke in the first game, but Azarenka put a stop to her double figure double faults and unforced errors and took the next six games to wrap up the set 6-1.

17th seeded American Sloane Stephens took on 92nd ranked New Zealander Marina Erakovic who defeated 16th seed Dominika Cibulkova. Stephens has two easy straight sets wins on her route to the third round. The first two sets were pretty close, with Stephens taking the first 6-4 and Erakovac taking the second on a breaker 7-5. The American then eased through the decider 6-3.

Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko played 56th ranked Stephanie Vogele of Switzerland. In a first set of many breaks, a tie break ensued which the Russian took 7-5. The first two games of the second set went with serve, when Vogele broke twice to go 4-1 ahead. Kirilenko then levelled, Vogele and Kirilenko held and the Russian broke before serving out the set 7-5.

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