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'Hot' Azarenka knocked out of Madrid Open

May 08, 2013 19:34 IST

World No 3 Victoria Azarenka lost her temper on the way to a surprise 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 defeat by unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makerova in the Madrid Open second round on Wednesday.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus looks frustrated in her match against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during the Madrid Open at the Caja Magica on WednesdayThe Belarussian third seed, runner-up in the last two editions of the premier clay event, appeared firmly in control against her 24th-ranked opponent after cruising through the first set.

However, Makerova raised her game to take the second set and after Azarenka smashed her racket on the ground at 3-3 in the decider her game fell apart and the Australian Open champion suffered her first defeat of the year.

Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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