MELBOURNE, Australia - Top-seed Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with an emphatic 6-1, 6-0 win over American Vania King today as she continued to gather momentum in her first major atop the rankings.
Wozniacki, a 20-year-old Dane, was never troubled in the 58-minute match, breaking 88th-ranked King’s serve to finish it off and reach the third round for a 13th consecutive Grand Slam tournament. She has yet to win a major but has held the No. 1 ranking since October and can retain it by reaching the semifinals here.
To get to the semis, Wozniacki might have to beat seven-time Grand Slam winner Justin Henin, who continued her comeback from injury with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Elena Baltacha of Britain on center court. Henin blasted seven aces past Baltacha, breaking her four times.
Henin, the 2004 Australian champ and runner-up in ’06 and last year, and Wozniacki could meet in the quarterfinals. Henin will have to get through a tough match against two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova just to get past the third round. The 23rd-seeded Kuznetsova beat Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus, 6-1, 6-4.
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On the men’s side, Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych needed four match points, struggling to finish it off with his serve in the last game, to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 8 Andy Roddick had no such trouble, firing his 17th ace to finish off a 7-6 (7), 6-2, 6-3 second-round win over Igor Kunitsyn of Russia.
The former No. 1-ranked Roddick is into the third round at Melbourne Park for the ninth straight time.
Roddick’s friend and U.S. Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish made a second-round exit, the No. 16 seed losing 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to Tommy Robredo.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Germany’s Florian Mayer, 6-4, 6-3, 0-6, 6-3.
The first-round match involving Lleyton Hewitt was was the tournament’s first marathon match – a 4-hour, 48-minute five-set loss to David Nalbandian that ended at 1:10 a.m.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, the 2008 Australian Open finalist, came back from two sets down for the first time in his career in another late five-setter.