Top seed Azarenka thanks her stars after Rd 1 scare

May 29, 2012, 10:42 IST | AFP

Victoria Azarenka battled back from a set and 4-0 down to defeat Italy's Alberta Brianti yesterday and avoid becoming the first top seed in history to be knocked out in the French Open first round.

World No 1 Azarenka won 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-2 and will face German qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier for a place in the last 32, but she flirted with disaster for much of her 2hr 16min battle on Philippe Chatrier Court. “I was lucky,” admitted the Belarussian. “I made 60 unforced errors and that says it all. Bad days happen, I made way more mistakes than usual. I still got through and to commit so many errors and still win, that’s a good statistic.” 

Li Na advances
Chinese defending champion Li Na overpowered Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the second round. The 30-year-old, is bidding to become the first champion since Justin Henin in 2007 to defend the women’s singles title at Roland Garros.

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