Wozniacki through with ease
REIGNING Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki has marked her return to Rod Laver Arena with a win, defeating Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in straight sets.
The Danish world No.3, pictured, won 6-3, 6-4 last night, her first match on Melbourne Park’s centre court since she lifted the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup last January.
While Wozniacki was a picture of concentration for much of her clash, the emotion flooded in after her first-round victory.
“Last year I had some incredible memories from here ... it’s such a special feeling. I love playing back here,” she said.
“I’m going to start crying and I never cry.” Wozniacki needed an hour and 33 minutes to get past the Belgian world No.52. She was never broken, facing just two break points, while recording just 16 unforced errors against a “very tricky” opponent.
Wozniacki’s next assignment will be Sweden’s Johanna Larsson, with a possible blockbuster against Maria Sharapova looming in the third round after the former World No.1 advanced with a 6-0, 6-0 win over British qualifier Harriet Dart