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Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Kim Clijsters both reached the third round of the Australian Open, but Schiavone fails to advance .

Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki overcame a late fightback from Georgia’s Anna Tatishvili to secure a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) win. Stephanie Foretz Gacon was thrashed 6-0 6-1 by Clijsters in 47 minutes and will next play Daniela Hantuchova. Hantuchova beat Lesia Tsurenko, Li Na thrashed Olivia Rogowska but 10th Francesca Schiavone was knocked out. Italy’s Schiavone was stunned by compatriot and world number 80 Romina Oprandi 6-4 6-3, later admitting it was a “really bad match”. The 2010 French Open champion, a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2011, succumbed in an hour and 24 minutes on Margaret Court Arena. She finished with 20 winners compared to Oprandi’s 15 but 35 unforced errors to 16 from the world number 80.

World number one Wozniacki made quick work of winning the first set 6-1 against Tatishvili, but found herself 4-1 behind in the second when her opponent began to play inspired tennis on her Australian Open debut. The pressure soon told on Tatishvili, though, when a forehand sailed long when serving for the set at 5-3, which allowed the Dane to take the set to a tiebreak. Wozniacki, who must reach the last eight at the least to maintain her world ranking, sealed the win with little fuss when the 21-year-old hit two forehands beyond the baseline to lose in 109 minutes. The Dane will play the winner of the second-round match between France’s Pauline Parmentier and Monica Niculescu of Romania.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iveta Benesova shocked 16th seed Peng Shuai 6-2 6-4. Number 13 seed Jelena Jankovic looked out of sorts in the early stages against little-known Kai-Chen Chang but recovered to win 6-4 6-2. “I started pretty slowly, I needed to figure out how to play her,” said the former world number one from Serbia. “I really didn’t know her style of play. I had heard a few things from other players but I didn’t know how I should strike ball. “But I kept going, started to play well, stayed confident and after the first set it was a little bit easier.”

Julia Goerges, seeded 22nd, was leading 6-2 2-0 when her opponent Eleni Daniilidou retired, and 26th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues beat Olga Govortsova 6-1 6-0.

 

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