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Victoria Azarenka powers past Caroline Wozniacki, into third round

Victoria Azarenka's aggression was too much for Caroline Wozniacki in their Australian Open second-round meeting.

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Sheer power and strength saw two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka advance to the third round of the 2015 event with a straight-sets triumph over eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki.

The Melbourne crowd were treated to some hard-hitting tennis as unseeded Belarusian Azarenka " winner of the year's first grand slam in 2012 and 2013 " sent the Dane home prematurely, triumphing 6-4 6-2 after an hour and 37 minutes on Margaret Court Arena.

Former world number one Azarenka posted 31 winners compared to Wozniacki's 18 as another seed was sent packing from Melbourne Park.

A quarter-finalist Down Under last year, Azarenka missed most of 2014 due to injury but remains in the hunt for a third Australian Open title and will now face Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Usually a clash seen later in tournaments, Azarenka's non-seeding meant Wozniacki " the 2011 Australian Open semi-finalist - was handed the nightmare second-round draw.

And she was up against it from the outset on Thursday, Azarenka breaking in the opening game with a powerful forehand down the line.

Azarenka's approach play at the net forced errors from Wozniacki, who dropped serve once again to fall 3-0 down.

Wozniacki reclaimed one of those breaks immediately as errors slowly crept into her opponent's game and another break saw the 24-year-old, who kicked a ball away in anger at the end of the sixth game, pull level at 4-4.

However, just as Wozniacki was generating some momentum, she dropped serve in the ninth game, handing the ascendancy back to Azarenka.

After serving out the opener in 58 minutes, despite making six more unforced errors than Wozniacki, Azarenka again claimed an early break in set two.

Try as she might, Wozniacki simply had no answer as she dropped serve again to hand Azarenka a commanding 5-2 advantage.

Azarenka sealed the match with a backhand volley, leveling the pair's head-to-head record at four apiece.

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