Azarenka cruises in Austria
Linz - Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka advanced to the second round of the Generali Ladies by beating Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-2 Wednesday.
Coming off her win in Beijing, Azarenka dominated the match from the start as Rus won only two points on her serve in the opening set.
Azarenka, who conceded one break and saved three more break points in the second set, will next play Simona Halep of Romania.
Julia Goerges became the first player to advance to the quarter-finals by defeating Romina Oprandi of Switzerland 6-3, 6-3.
The fifth-seeded German saved all four break points she faced.
Results from the third day of the Linz WTA Open on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):First Round
Victoria Azarenka (1), Belarus, def. Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, 6-0, 6-2.
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Austria, def. Sabine Lisicki (8), Germany, 6-1, 6-3.
Ana Ivanovic (2), Serbia, def. Monica Niculescu, Romania, 7-5, 6-3.Second Round
Julia Goerges (5), Germany, def. Romina Oprandi, Switzerland, 6-3, 6-3.
Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, def. Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).