Woz­ni­acki through with ease

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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

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