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Victoria Azarenka began her Australian Open title defense in stuttering fashion Tuesday and Maria Sharapova was also made to fight, in contrast to Caroline Wozniacki, who sizzled in the Melbourne heat.Azarenka, who next plays unseeded Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, is searching for her third consecutive Melbourne title, a feat last achieved by Martina Hingis between 1997 and 1999 .Wozniacki dispatched Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-0, 6-2 as she goes in hunt of a maiden Grand Slam title, with the final of the US Open in 2009 the deepest she has gone in a major so far.Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who has made the quarterfinals here for the past three years, needed three sets to stay alive but it was easier for 2008 semifinalist Jelena Jankovic who went through in two.
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