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Azarenka out of China Open in first round
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus eyes the ball as she returns a shot against Venus Williams of the U.S. during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
September 30, 2013, 11:45 am

BEIJING - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka was knocked out in the first round of the China Open on Monday, losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to Andrea Petkovic.

The second-ranked Azarenka double-faulted 15 times and was broken five times by Petkovic, who reached the final here in 2011. It was the second tournament in row in which Azarenka lost her first match, having been beaten by Venus Williams in Tokyo last week.

Also Monday, eighth-seeded Jelena Jankovic rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

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