Top seed Victoria Azarenka and third seed Serena Williams won their second-round matches at the Australian Open with decisive scorelines, 6-1 6-0 and 6-2 6-0 respectively.
The 23-year-old defending champion Azarenka confidently defeated Eleni Daniilidou, who had won their only previous meeting five years ago, and in the third round she will face Jamie Hampton, the only player who held a set point, in Auckland semifinals, against the most successful player of 2013, Agnieszka Radwanska, who is 22-0 in sets won this season.
Not troubled by the ankle she twisted in the previous round, Williams progressed past Garbine Muguruza, but only after accidentally smashing herself in the face with her racquet, again while hitting a forehand.
I think it happens to everyone, but I have never busted it wide open like that. So, yeah, I was like, Oh, no. I can’t have a tooth fall out. That would be horrible. I don’t know why my racket was even in my face. I mean, it’s like I have been playing tennis far too long to hit myself.
Despite the mishaps, the powerful Serena sealed the match with a 207km/h (128mp/h) ace! The American next plays Ayumi Morita as she continues her bid for a 16th Grand Slam title and sixth in Australia. (via Beyond the Baseline, photo: © Neal Trousdale)