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Defending champ Azarenka advances to quarterfinals

Updated: January 20, 2013, 11:58 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Victoria Azarenka advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Elena Vesnina on Monday, growing more confident she can get back on course for a repeat of the winning roll that netted her a first Grand Slam title here last year.

"It's getting there ... with every match you start building up for the top battles starting now," said Azarenka, who only needed 57 minutes to beat the 47th-ranked Vesnina. "It's really exciting to be again so far ...

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