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Australian Open 2016, day four: Women’s wrap

Azarenka breezes through
Victoria Azarenka proved exactly why she is being touted as a realistic title contender at the Australian Open on Thursday – not that she is buying it.

The Belarussian wasted no time in her 6-1 6-2 thrashing of Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic, breaking serve in the first game of the match and racing to a 4-1 lead in no time, before wrapping things up in 65 minutes.
Azarenka will play unseeded Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka on Saturday, and while she said she would have to do some study on her opponent between now and then, “staying in the moment” is a priority.
Kerber cruises into round of 16
Germany’s Angelique Kerber cruised past Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 6-2 6-4 and into the round of 32, avoiding becoming the 17th women’s seed to depart the Australian Open.

The No.7 seed goes on to play American Madison Brengle in the third round.
Muguruza impresses again
Third seed Garbine Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon finalist moved into the third round for the third straight year at Melbourne Park with a 6-4 6-2 win over Kirsten Flipkens.
Muguruza is yet to drop a set in the tournament and next faces world No.48 Barbora Strycova, who beat Vania King 7-6 (5) 6-4.
Ivanovic through after mid-match drama
Ana Ivanovic eased into the Australian Open third round, keeping her focus through a 30-minute mid-match delay while medics treated an injured spectator.
Despite the mid-match drama Ivanovic, seeded 20, was always comfortable against Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova, cruising to a 6-3 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena.
“This is my favourite court in the world,” said the Serb.
“Every match is tough and I’m thrilled to be through.”
Both players had to deal with a first-set delay while ambulance officials treated an elderly spectator who apparently slipped down some stairs inside the stadium.
As Ivanovic and Sevastova looked on anxiously, an umpire was heard telling them that medics were waiting for a spinal board and collar before they could move the stricken fan.
Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[3] def Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-4 6-2Muguruza’s power was key as she hit 23 winners to Flipkens' six
Angelique Kerber (GER)[7] def Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 6-2 6-4The seventh seed won 52 per cent of her receiving points to her opponent's 30 per cent 
Karolina Pliskova (CZE)[9] def Julia Goerges (GER) 7-6(5) 6-1The first set took 63 minutes, the second just 27 as Pliskova found her range
Annika Beck (GER) def Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)[11] 6-2 6-3A slew of unforced errors (33-19) condemned the Swiss to a second-round exit

Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[14] def Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-1 6-2The two-time former champ had her radar dialled in, hitting just nine unforced errors
Madison Keys (USA)[15] def Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3
Keys more than doubled Shvedova’s tally of winners, 34-16

Naomi Osaka (JPN) def Elina Svitolina (UKR)[18] 6-4 6-4
The Japanese qualifier converted all four of her break points and hit 27 winners to 17

Laura Siegemund (GER) def Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[19] 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4
The No.97-ranked German hit 50 winners to Jankovic’s 13 and won 32 of 39 points at the net

Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[20] def Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-3 6-3The former No.1 won 100 per cent of first-serve points in the first set
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[21] def Tatjana Maria (GER) 6-4 6-2Last year's Melbourne semifinalist clouted 31 winners to 11 in a powerful display
Denisa Allertova (CZE) def Sabine Lisicki (GER)[30] 6-3 2-6 6-4Critically, Lisicki served three of her six double faults in the deciding third set


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