This round last year, Caroline Wozniacki escaped from 5-1 and two match points down against unheralded Jana Fett, a miraculous escape that powered her run to the title. It was a much more drama-free passage Wednesday, the defending champion easing into the third round with a 6-1 6-3 win over Johanna Larsson in Margaret Court Arena.
Wozniacki began with a 0-30 deficit on serve then swept 12 straight points to lead 3-0. By the third game, No.77 Larsson was already swatting a ball in frustration. She fell behind 5-1 with a double-fault on breakpoint and the Dane swooped on the first set 6-1 in 27 minutes.
Wozniacki served strongly and returned with surgical precision, making 97 per cent of returns, compared to Larsson’s 67.