- Associated Press - Saturday, January 19, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) - Serena Williams says Lance Armstrong let all athletes down by doping and telling lies about it for so long, while No. 1-ranked Victoria Azarenka says the disgraced former cyclist “deserves everything he gets.”

Williams and Azarenka, speaking Saturday after their third-round wins at the Australian Open, said Armstrong’s confession after such vehement denials cast doubt over other sports.

Williams says “unfortunately, I think a lot of people now look and are like, `OK, if somebody (is) that great, what about everyone else in every other sport?’”

Azarenka says “everybody works so hard to be the best … you cannot go other ways.”

On Friday, Novak Djokovic said, “I think it’s a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this” and that he should “suffer for his lies.”

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