Result: Victoria Azarenka wins Angelique Kerber thriller

Result: Azarenka wins Kerber thriller
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Victoria Azarenka wins her opening match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul with a dramatic three-set victory over Angelique Kerber.

Victoria Azarenka has won her opening match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul with a dramatic three-set victory over Angelique Kerber.

Both players dropped serve once in the opening set before Kerber came from 2-6 down to clinch a remarkable tie-break 13-11.

The German looked on course to defeating the world number one when she earned herself two match points, but Azarenka forced the tie-break and squared the match with a 7-2 triumph.

Azarenka and Kerber broke each other twice more in the deciding set, only for the Belarusian to break once more and close out the contest 6-4.

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