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Azarenka routs Kenin

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Victoria Azarenka maintained her remarkable run of form of late as she thrashed Sofia Kenin 6-0 6-0 in her second round match at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

The Belarusian has now won 12 of her last 13 matches – a run which takes in the title at Cincinnati and a runner-up finish at the US Open last week – and continued to impress as she swept past the Australian Open champion.

No.3 seed Kenin kept trying to find a way into the match but ultimately she had no answers for Azarenka who was in a different league from the beginning. The world No.14 played flawless tennis, served well and moved effortlessly around the court showing no signs of the fatigue that surely must exist given the hectic schedule she has endured over the past few weeks.

Azarenka hit 10 winners compared to her opponent’s 11 and committed just four unforced errors in comparison with the American’s 22 and was relentless as she powered to victory.

“Well, I think the consistency was the key to the scoreline. I feel that I played really smart tennis today. I was able to use a lot of court. I was able to use a lot of different pace. So I’m very happy with that. But the key to the scoreline was definitely being able to maintain the level that I started with,” said Azarenka.

Next up for the two-time Grand Slam champion will be qualifier Daria Kasatkina.

Polona Hercog ousted No.5 seed Kiki Bertens, who was playing her first match since the resumption of the Tour, 6-4 6-4 to set up a third round clash against No.12 seed Marketa Vondrousova while No.8 seed Petra Martic was another seeded casualty on day four as she was defeated by Yulia Putintseva 6-3 6-7(2) 6-4. The Kazakh will meet No.10 seed Elena Rybakina in the next round.

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