by Helen Earnshaw |
Caroline Wozniacki booked her place in the second week of the Australian Open with straight sets win over Monica Niculescu.
The world number one, who is struggling with a wrist injury, seems to be improving round by round and she dropped just four games in her win earlier today.
Despite some long rallies between the pair Niculescu couldn’t make any inroads into the Wozniacki serve.
Speaking to the WTA after the match Wozniacki said: "I felt like it was up to me what was going to happen out there on the court.
“We had a lot of long rallies because she gets a lot of balls back. With her slice forehand it was tough to finish the point sometimes. But I felt like I was in control. I'm pretty happy."
The Dane is looking to get her hands on her very first Grand Slam title but she will face her biggest challenge in the next round as she comes face to face with former world number one Jelena Jankovic.
The thirteenth seed looks to be peaking at just the right moment as she dropped just two games in her 6-2 6-0 demolition of Christina McHale.
Kim Clijsters was also in action today as she looks to defend her Australian Open crown and she was more than an a match for Daniel Hantuchova.
It was a straight sets victory for Clijsters 6-3 6-2 and she will now face Li Na in the fourth round, in what is set to be a mouth-watering clash.
The pair met in the final of this event twelve months ago where Clijsters came from a set down to win in three.
Victoria Azarenaka was also a winner today as she saw off Mona Barthel 6-3 6-4 - in her toughest match of the tournament so far.
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