Azarenka outlasts Barthel to advance

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 27, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Victoria Azarenka of Belaru plays a forehand in her third round match against Tathiana Garbin of Italy during day six of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka needed nearly 3 hours to overcome big-serving wild card Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5 Friday for a place in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals. Barthel fired 13 aces but her serve deserted her in the final game. She failed to win a point and double-faulted on match point, one of her 16 double-faults on the indoor clay court. Barthel came back from a break down and saved a match point in the 10th game of the third set. Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska rallied past No. 8 Li Na 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
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