Serena stays alive as Azarenka heads home

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MELBOURNE: Serena Williams displayed all her fighting qualities to beat Garbine Muguruza and stay alive at the Australian Open on Monday, but two-time champion Victoria Azarenka was bundled out. The world No.1 battled back from a set down in a tense center court match against the 24th seeded Spaniard to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and make the quarterfinals, staying on track for a 19th Grand Slam title and her sixth at Melbourne. She will next face last year’s finalist Dominika Cibulkova, the 11th seeded Slovak who ended the comeback from injury of Azarenka in three tight sets.

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