Aga Radwanska and Halep advance in Melbourne, Wozniacki out

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Simona Halep, seeded at 11, is continuing with her winning ways of the end of the 2013 season. On Saturday afternoon she took on the challenge of Zarina Diyas, the 19 year old qualifier from Kazakhstan who is ranked at 152. Halep won her opening match of the tournament with the loss of just one game, then battled through a three setter before this match. She steamed past her opponent 6-1 in the first set, taking just twenty eight minutes. The second set, which took thirty nine minutes to complete, was more competitive. The Roumanian took it 6-4 purely because of her experience, as she hit 10 winners and 100% of her break point opportunities.

5th seed Agnieszka Radwanska was made to work hard for the first set and a half against 29th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The first set produced some sparkling tennis on both sides of the net before the Pole got to 5-4 and served for the set, but the strong Russian had other ideas. She held to level and then broke for 6-5 – and went on to serve out the set at 7-5. With Radwanska leading 5-2 in the second set the doctor came on court to attend to Pavlyuchenkova who was not well, but she did not retire. Radwanska took the set at 6-2 and, with the Russian clearly not able to play her game, took control and the decider also at 6-2.

World number 10 Caroline Wozniacki played the up and coming Spanish player Garbine Muguruza who is at her highest ranking of 38 after winning in Hobart warm up tournament. The Spaniard ousted 24th seeded Kaia Kanepi in three in her first round and had a straight sets win in her second round match on her way to the third round. The Dane lost just two games in her first match and won in three in her second round encounter. She took the first set 6-4 on her higher serve and lower unforced error stats. The Spaniard took the second set 7-5, having won just one more point than Wozniacki; and then finished off the match with a 6-3 decider win much better break point and winner stats, to remove another seed from the tournament.

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