ISTANBUL - Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka overcame an erratic performance to beat an ailing Sara Errani 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the opening match of the WTA Championships on Tuesday.
Errani hurt her right calf in the third game of the second set and took a medical timeout to have it treated. Several times after that she seemed to be bothered by the injury and to favor her right leg, although she returned after the medical timeout to break Azarenka's serve to level at 2-2. She did not win another game though.
Errani served for the set three times - and dropped serve each time as both players produced sloppy play with little rhythm.
Azarenka managed to hold her serve only once through the first eight games but seized her chance when it came.