Oz Open: Azarenka continues dominant dance, Serena marches into 3rd round

Serena Williams

Victoria Azarenka again highlighted the gap between the top tier of women's tennis and the rest of the field by demolishing Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

A day after Maria Sharapova dished out a second successive 'double bagel' to an overmatched opponent at Melbourne Park, Azarenka was just as ruthless in dispatching Daniilidou 6-1 6-0 in 55 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

Azarenka, last year's champion, was only pushed in one game against the world number 94 when Daniilidou held three break points in the fourth game of the second set.

The Belarusian will now meet either Jamie Hampton of the United States or Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum in the third round.

Serena marches into third round

Serena Williams suffered another mishap at the Australian Open on Thursday when she smacked herself in the mouth with her racquet during a dominating 6-2 6-0 win over Garbine Muguruza in the second round.

Third-seeded Williams, who rolled her ankle in a 6-0 6-0 thrashing of Edina Gallovits-Hall in the first round, dabbed her lip in pain after a forehand follow-through hit her in the mouth during the first set against the 112th-ranked Spaniard.

Williams quickly recovered and stormed through the second set in stifling heat at Rod Laver Arena, sealing the match with her 10th ace.

Williams next plays Japan's Ayumi Morita as she continues her bid for a 16th grand slam title and a sixth at Melbourne Park.

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