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Injured Azarenka out of WTA Championships
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot to Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during their tennis match at the WTA championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The world's top female tennis players compete in the championships which runs from Oct. 22 until Oct. 27.(AP Photo)
October 25, 2013, 12:08 pm

ISTANBUL (AP) Li Na swept past injured Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 Friday to earn a place in the semifinals of the WTA.

Azarenka hurt her back while serving in the sixth game of the first set and was clearly in pain the rest of the match. The No. 2 player took a medical timeout and received treatment during several changeovers. She stayed on court despite poor movement and wincing in pain.

Azarenka did win one game with some ferocious serving, but mostly stayed in the middle of the baseline and tried to hit quick winners.

Li won the group 3-0, while Azarenka finished 1-2. Jelena Jankovic is also through to the semifinals.

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