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WTA roundup: Victoria Azarenka downs Paula Badosa in Adelaide

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Oct 17, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA;  Paula Badosa (ESP) holds the champion trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in 3 sets n the women   s final in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Paula Badosa (ESP) holds the champion trophy after defeating Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in 3 sets n the women s final in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus smacked 24 winners while producing a 6-3, 6-2 victory over fourth-seeded Paula Badosa of Spain on Tuesday in the Adelaide International 1 in Australia.

It was the first match for former world No. 1 Azarenka since she lost a marathon three-setter to Bodosa in the Indian Wells final in mid-October. Badosa had 20 winners but was hurt by four double faults.

In another first-round match, Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic was a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Despina Papamichail of Greece.

Melbourne Summer Set 1

Vera Zvonareva of Russia knocked off ninth-seeded American Alison Riske 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the second round in Melbourne.

Germany’s Andrea Petkovic also pulled off an upset with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over fifth-seeded Liudmilla Samsonova of Russia. Croatia’s Ana Konjuh also beat a seeded player, winning 6-4, 6-4 over seventh-seeded Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic.

Among other matches, No. 6 Viktorija Golubic notched a 7-5, 6-1 victory over American Lauren Davis.

Melbourne Summer Set 2

Fifth-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania needed just 49 minutes to finish off a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Russia’s Varavara Gracheva to advance to the second round in Melbourne.

Cirstea lost just 19 points in the steamrolling of Gracheva. She won 70.8 percent of her first-serve points while Gracheva prevailed on just 18.8 percent of hers.

Fourth-seeded Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain advanced with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia. Sixth-seeded Clara Tauson of Denmark posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine, and seventh-seeded American Ann Li rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Mayar Sherif of Egypt.

–Field Level Media