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Azarenka in 3rd round

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Friday, January 18, 2013

MELBOURNE - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka sent out a powerful warning to her rivals on Thursday after blasting her way into the third round of the Australian Open.

The world No.1 said she was back in competitive mode following a near whitewash of Greek player Eleni Daniilidou.

Azarenka skipped through with a 6-1 6-0 victory which took her just 55 minutes to complete.

She is set to move further forward in her next encounter when she meets the winner of the match between American Jamie Hampton and Thai Luksika Kumkhum.

"Today was much better," Azarenka said after her match.

"I felt like I am back in the competitive mode in the tournament and more focused and that was the best part for me."

She tore through the opening set in only 24 minutes but was helped when Daniilidou double-faulted twice while facing break points.