Fight or flight? Azarenka finally chooses the former

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Fight or flight? Azarenka finally chooses the former

Women’s No. 1 seed fights through a difficult first-round match
Victoria Azarenka fought through an emotional first-round match against Alberta Brianti on Monday at the French Open, even admitting: “I was kind of thinking there was a flight straight to Minsk.” The women’s No. 1 seed, however, fought back for a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2 victory.
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka needed every bit of fortitude to right things while overcoming a whopping 60 unforced errors, far more than her 32 winners – a terrible ratio for anyone, let alone a player who considers herself a title contender. “Bad days happen,” she said with a shrug.
French Open

PARIS – A look at the French Open on Monday:
Weather: Sunny. High of 81 degrees (27 C).
Attendance: 35,200.
Men’s Seeded Winners: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Roger Federer, No. 7 Tomas Berdych, No. 10 John Isner, No. 11 Gilles Simon, No. 19 Milos Raonic, No. 20 Marcel Granollers, No. 22 Andreas Seppi, No. 24 Philipp Kohlschreiber, No. 25 Bernard Tomic, No. 28 Viktor Troicki, No. 31 Kevin Anderson.
Men’s Seeded Losers: No. 15 Feliciano Lopez, No. 23 Radek Stepanek.
Women’s Seeded Winners: No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 7 Li Na, No. 8 Marion Bartoli, No. 15 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 18 Flavia Pennetta, No. 19 Jelena Jankovic, No. 24 Petra Cetkovska, No. 27 Nadia Petrova, No. 29 Anabel Medina Garrigues, No. 31 Zheng Jie.
Women’s Seeded Losers: No. 12 Sabine Lisicki, No. 17 Roberta Vinci, No. 30 Mona Barthel, No. 32 Monica Niculescu.
Stat of the Day: 233 – Grand Slam match wins for Federer, equaling Jimmy Connors’ Open era record.
Quote of the Day: “Her backhand is so sick, so I tried to keep it away from her backhand.” – 18-year-old American qualifier Lauren Davis, who upset Barthel 6-1, 6-1.
On Court Today: No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 4 Andy Murray, No. 6 David Ferrer, No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic; No. 2 Maria Sharapova, No. 4 Petra Kvitov, No. 5 Serena Williams, No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 14 Francesca Schiavone.
Associated Press

Fight or flight? Azarenka finally chooses the former

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Victoria Azarenka fought through an emotional first-round match against Alberta Brianti on Monday at the French Open, even admitting: “I was kind of thinking there was a flight straight to Minsk.” The women’s No. 1 seed, however, fought back for a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2 victory.
TEN
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka needed every bit of fortitude to right things while overcoming a whopping 60 unforced errors, far more than her 32 winners – a terrible ratio for anyone, let alone a player who considers herself a title contender. “Bad days happen,” she said with a shrug.
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