Australian Open: Stuttering start to Victoria Azarenka's campaign

World number 91 Johanna Larsson made defending champion Victoria Azarenka sweat out a win - one that showed that she wasn't her fighting best yet.

updated: January 14, 2014 09:27 IST
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Melbourne: Title-holder Victoria Azarenka moved into the Australian Open second round on Tuesday but she made a meal of the match and looked far from her best in blazing conditions on Rod Laver Arena.

The second seed overcame world number 91 Johanna Larsson 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 but her game was riddled with unforced errors and poor serving, in contrast to Serena Williams' clinical first-round win late Monday.

The Belarusian took an hour and 46 minutes to get past the Swede as temperatures soared towards 43 Celsius (109.4 Fahrenheit). (Also read: Serena believes in having fun as she wins)

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