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Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily aanced 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

Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily aanced 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.

andldquoItand#39s been unfortunate the last couple of years for me, but I love this tournament,andrdquo said Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion. Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic, who has had two shoulder surgeries the past five years, won her first WTA Tour-level match since the Memphis tournament in February 2010.

The 328th-ranked Vaidisova, who had a career-high ranking of No. 7 in 2007, beat Hungarian qualifier Timea Babos 6-1, 7-6 (4).

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The 45th-ranked Sloane Stephens posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium American Jack Sock, also making a comeback after having surgery in December to repair a right pelvic muscle, aanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Go Soeda of Japan. Sam Querrey of the US beat Victor Estrella Burgos of Dominican Republic 6-4, 6-3.

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