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Azarenka beats Williams in exhibition match

Saturday - 12/28/2013, 10:26am  ET

In this photo released by BEC Tero on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, World no. 1 Serena Williams of the U.S. returns a shot to World no. 2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their tennis World invitation match in Hua Hin, southern Thailand. William lost to Azarenka 5-7, 3-6. (AP Photo/BEC Tero)

HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) -- Victoria Azarenka beat top-ranked Serena Williams in straight sets Saturday in an exhibition match between the world's top two women's players.

The second-ranked Azarenka defeated Williams 7-5, 6-3 in front of about 3,000 fans at the Hua Hin World Tennis Invitation in a match both players used as a warm-up ahead of the Australian Open.

Azarenka broke for a 6-5 lead in the first set and broke twice in the second for her second victory at the exhibition event after 2011.

Williams beat Azarenka in the U.S. Open final this year.

The American said the match was "a good warm-up before Australia. Victoria is a strong player. It's always fun to play someone like her."

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