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Azarenka books spot in Citi Open quarter-finals with win over Martincova

Victoria Azarenka picked up a straight-set victory over Tereza Martincova on Friday in Washington, D.C. Azarenka will be back for quarter-final competition later in the day at this rain-delayed tournament.

Victoria Azarenka, the No 4 seed, advanced to the quarter-finals of the Citi Open by beating Czech Tereza Martincova 7-6(7), 6-2 on Friday afternoon.

After each player broke serve once in the opening set, Azarenka took control by earning three breaks in the second. She managed to win in two hours and nine minutes despite double-faulting eight times.

Azarenka, ranked No 20, will play Chinese lucky loser Xiyu Wang in the last eight.

The 33-year-old Belarusian previous knocked off Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 6-0. Martincova, the world No 73, had advanced with a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over China’s Xinyu Wang.

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