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Unseeded Victoria Azarenka gets off to winning start at Australian Open

  • Azarenka beats Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2
  • Caroline Wozniacki beats Taylor Townsend 7-6 (7-1), 6-2

Victoria Azarenka continued her love affair with the bright blue courts of Melbourne Park as the unseeded two-time former champion cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 first round victory over Sloane Stephens.

Azarenka, 25, showed she will be a dangerous floater in the draw after being unseeded at a grand slam for the first time since the 2007 US Open following a run of injuries that restricted her to just nine tournaments last year.

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