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Azarenka eludes chokehold, gains Australian final

Updated: January 24, 2013, 2:11 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Sloane Stephens sat for nine minutes, mostly staring at the court and trying to forget the curious timing of Victoria Azarenka's medical timeout. She may have been the only one trying to ignore it.

The 19-year-old American had just saved five match points and broken Azarenka. But she knew she had to hold serve to stay in her first Grand Slam semifinal whenever Azarenka -- the No. 1 player and defending Australian Open champion -- returned to Rod Laver Arena.

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