Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki was eliminated from the Australian Open on Thursday following a 6-4, 6-2 beating at the hands of another former number one, Victoria Azarenka. The Danish eighth seed struggled for rhythm winning just 32% of the points on her second serve. Although Azarenka committed more unforced errors (28-20) she hit more winners (31-18) than Wozniacki at the Margaret Court Arena.
Petra Kvitova was also a winner on the day. The Czech fourth seed only needed 79 minutes to defeat Mona Barthel of Germany 6-2, 6-4 at the Hisense Arena. Earlier, world number one Serena Williams battled hard for 58 minutes to take the first set 7-5 before blowing Vera Zvonareva out of the water 6-0 in 27 minutes to book her third round berth in Melbourne.
The American hit 32 winners while the Czech managed just 11 at the Rod Laver Arena. Agnieszka Radwanska was also a second round winner Down Under. The Polish sixth seed was a woman in a hurry as she demolished Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-0 in only 44 minutes.
From a South African point of view there was good news as Chani Scheepers progressed in the women’s doubles first round. Scheepers, and her partner from Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas ousted Darija Jurak and Megan Moulton-Levy 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 on Court 12.