Safarova wins, Azarenka retires in Canada

Aug. 11, 2012 at 1:01 AM
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MONTREAL, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic scored an upset win and top-seeded Victoria Azarenka pulled out Friday in second-round action at the rainy Rogers Cup.

The 16th-seeded Safarova pulled off a 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (7-5) upset of fourth-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur, who was the runner-up to Serena Williams in last year's event.

Meanwhile, world No. 1 Azarenka decided not to complete a rain-delayed match against Austrian Tamira Paszek. That match had been suspended by rain Thursday with the score tied 3-3 in the first set.

The Belarusian star -- last week's Olympic bronze medalist -- said a left knee injury prompted her decision to retire from the match.

In other action Friday, fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic blew out ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France 6-1, 6-1, while a match between Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak and Christina McHale was suspended by rain with Wozniak leading 7-6 (7-5), 5-2.

Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki also posted victories Friday.

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