Madrid: World No 5 Victoria Azarenka extended her winning streak to 16 matches with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 victory over France’s Alize Cornet to reach the third round of the Madrid Open yesterday.
The Belarussian clinched her last two tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami and is the favourite to land her first title in Madrid.
Azarenka raced into a 4-1 first set lead against World No 48 Cornet and, despite a blip dropping serve for the only time in the match for 4-2, broke once more to seal the set 6-3. The second set was even more straight forward for the two-time Grand Slam champion as two breaks of serve sealed victory in just under 90 minutes on court.
Defending champion Petra Kvitova remained on course for a quarter-final showdown with Azarenka with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Russian Elena Vesnina.