KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily advanced to the second round Wednesday, beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-1, 6-3.
The 36th-ranked Azarenka, the 2009 and 2011 winner from Belarus, is playing in Miami for the first time since 2012. She missed the 2013 tournament with a right ankle injury and sat out last year with a left foot injury.
“It’s been unfortunate the last couple of years for me, but I love this tournament,” said Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion. “I’m just looking forward to build my momentum here again and try to play as many matches as possible.”
The left foot injury plagued Azarenka throughout last season, limiting her to nine tournaments. This year, she reached the Doha final in February.
Azarenka took a 4-1 lead in the first set before Soler-Espinosa held serve in the fifth game. In the second set, Azarenka…
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