An all-Scandinavian affair heads the day session on Margaret Court Arena with Johanna Larsson and Caroline Wozniacki facing off for a spot in the third round. The 2018 champion is not amongst the favourites to win this year but should still not be written off, having finally proving she can get over the finish line at the deep end of a grand slam.
In round one, many expected Larsson to fall to one of the game’s many rising youngsters in Vera Lapko. However, she fought hard to win a first set tiebreak before eventually advancing due to a retirement at 7-6 3-0 up. It’s an improvement from the first two matches of the year for the Swede, who lost in the first round of both Auckland and Hobart – to opponents of wildly differing quality.
Wozniacki saw off Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets and should be pleased with her performance against the Belgian. “I feel like today we had a lot of good, long rallies. I felt like I played well. I served well. She served well. She really stepped it up with her serves I feel like in the second set. I was just happy I got the win. It was not an easy one.”
It was a good bounce back win for the Dane after losing to Bianca Andreescu in Auckland. “I don’t really think Auckland really took a hit for me. It was kind of just getting into the year, getting into the tournament mode.” she said on if her confidence took her after the match. “I was really happy that I could step it up today and start off well. I think I played pretty aggressively from the start.”
Prediction – Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets