May 30, 2013 / 4:32 PM / 5 years ago

Azarenka survives lapse to ease through in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - Third seed Victoria Azarenka overcame a first-set stumble to reach the French Open third round with a rain-disrupted 6-4 6-3 win over German Annika Beck on Thursday.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits a return to Annika Beck of Germany during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 30, 2013. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

The Belarussian, Australian Open champion the last two years, raced to a 5-0 lead and was 5-1 up when the match was interrupted by rain on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Beck benefited from a series of unforced errors from Azarenka to reduce the gap and led 30-0 on her opponent’s serve at 5-4 when the world number three regained composure and clinched the opening set after 69 minutes.

The second set was straightforward as Azarenka booked a third-round meeting with French 31st seed Alize Cornet or Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond

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