Victoria Azarenka stayed on track to win back-to-back titles when she eased past Magda Linette in the third round of the Miami Open on Sunday.
The Belarusian, fresh off her stunning win over Serena Williams at the BNP Paribas Open, defeated Linette 6-3, 6-0 on the hard courts in Miami.
The 13th seed was flawless in the opening set, breaking the Pole twice on her way to wrapping up the set.
Azerenka then saw off the only break point she faced in the opening service game of the second set before closing out the match with three breaks of serve.
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Despite the fairly routine win, Azarenka heaped praise on Linette. “The key was to stay aggressive and to always put pressure on her,” quipped the two-time grand slam winner on wtatennis.com. “She’s a grinder and whenever she has opportunity, she will take it; she has a lot of great hands and showed a lot of variety. She’s a young player with such a bright future, but I’m glad that I took advantage and I stayed on top of her.” In other results, Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber advanced to the fourth round after Kiki Berthens withdrew due to illness in the third set at 1-6, 6-2, 3-0.
Fourth seed Garbiñe Muguruza had little problem booking her spot in the fourth round, downing Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-0.
There was something for the home fans to cheer when Madison Keys defeated ninth seed Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-4.