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Victoria Azarenka advances, Maria Sharapova ousted at Australian Open
Victoria Azarenka advances, Maria Sharapova ousted at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Victoria Azarenka advanced to the quarterfinals and firmed as a favorite to claim a third straight Australian Open title on Monday after Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams on the fourth-round casualty list. Azarenka had a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 13-seeded Sloane Stephens in a match that didn't have any of the drama of their contentious semifinal here last year. Third-seeded Sharapova lost, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to Dominika Cibulkova in the earlier match on Rod Laver Arena, struggling with her serve in the second and third sets and making 45 unforced errors as she tried to claw her way back. Her serve started to backfire from the eighth game, when she was...

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