Azarenka reaches Cincy quarters

3:17 PM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
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Mason, OH (Sports Network) - Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was an easy third-round winner Thursday at the $2.37 million Western & Southern Open, a hardcourt U.S. Open tune-up.

The second-seeded Belarusian star, the reigning Australian Open champion and last year's U.S. Open runner-up, handled Slovak and recent Washington, D.C., titlist Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-3, 6-4, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Meanwhile, a Day-4 upset came when 12th-seeded Roberta Vinci toppled her good friend and doubles partner Sara Errani, this week's sixth seed, by a 6-4, 6-3 margin.

This week's champion will earn $426,000. The tournament is part of the U.S. Open Series, or the North American hardcourt events that lead up to the U.S. Open, which will commence August 26.

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