Linz, Austria (Sports Network) - Last week's Beijing champion Victoria Azarenka was an easy opening-round winner Wednesday at the Generali Ladies Linz tennis tournament.
The world No. 1 Azarenka, this year's Australian Open titlist and U.S. Open runner-up, stayed hot by drilling helpless Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus 6-0, 6-2 in 65 minutes on the indoor hardcourts at Tips Arena Linz.
Azarenka's second-round opponent on Thursday will be Romanian Simona Halep
Fifth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 handling of Swiss Romina Oprandi on Day 3.
A first-round upset came when wild card and Austrian crowd favorite Patricia Mayr-Achleitner drubbed eighth-seeded German slugger Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-3.
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