Two-time winner Azarenka sends Wozniacki packing

Straight-sets loss for former world number one in the second round of the Australia Open; Williams sisters through.

    Azarenka's ranking had slipped last year due to injuries [AP]
    Azarenka's ranking had slipped last year due to injuries [AP]

    Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka is through to the third round of the Australian Open after beating eighth-seed and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2.

    Azarenka's ranking slipped late last year due to a series of injuries, meaning she was unseeded for the Australian Open and was likely to have an early meeting with a top player.

    Earlier, Serena Williams weathered an early challenge from Russian Vera Zvonareva before the former world number two crumbled to lose 7-5, 6-0 in the second round.

    Serena's victory came about 90 minutes after older sister Venus hammered American compatriot Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-3, while sixth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska also made short work of Sweden's Johanna Larsson in a 6-0, 6-1 victory that took 44 minutes.

    Other results (selected):

    4-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-2 6-4

    19-Alize Cornet (France) beat Denisa Allertova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-7(2) 6-2 

    Madison Keys (U.S.) beat 29-Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 2-6 6-1 6-1

    11-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) 6-2 6-0 

    SOURCE: Reuters


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