MELBOURNE, January 14: Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova strolled into the Australian Open second round with a straight sets win over Magdelena Rybarikova of Slovakia on Monday.
The Czech eighth seed struggled with her serve early in the match before finding her rhythm for a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
The 28-year-old has been in strong form leading into the season-opening Grand Slam, winning last week’s Sydney International and will next play Irina-Camelia Begu.
Her best result at Melbourne Park is a run to the semi-finals in 2012.
Caroline Wozniacki launched her title defence at the Australian Open with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck in the first round on Monday.
The third-seeded Dane broke Van Uytvanck once in each set and kept down her unforced errors to win the baseline battle in an hour and 33 minutes in the first match of the evening session at the Rod Laver Arena.
Van Uytvanck began well to set up a break point in the first game of the opening set but Wozniacki saved it with some big serving.
Wozniacki converted her fifth break point of the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and took the first set when her opponent sent a service return into the net. In the second set, the break came in the third game for Wozniacki and it proved to be enough. (AFP)