Azarenka breezes past Osaka

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Victoria Azarenka's irresistible form at the Australian Open continued as she blasted past Naomi Osaka in the third round on Saturday.

The Belarusian two-time grand slam champion dropped serve in the opening game before winning eight straight on her way to a 6-1 6-1 victory on Rod Laver Arena.

Azarenka, the 14th seed, lost just three games in her first two rounds and impressively dispatched of 18-year-old Osaka with strong hitting.

The 2012 and 2013 champion in Melbourne has been ruthless and that continued as she set up a fourth-round clash against Barbora Strycova.

Azarenka is yet to lose more than three games in a set this year, one that already includes the Brisbane International title.

She won 32 of 50 points from the baseline and her forehand delivered 11 of her 24 winners.

Azarenka came into the clash yet to be broken at the year's first grand slam, but that run was ended to love by Osaka in the opening game.

Osaka started solidly enough, yet it was all Azarenka early as she won eight games in a row by dominating from the back of the court.

Her level dropped slightly in the second set, but she was in cruise control as she won in just 56 minutes.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Azarenka [14] bt Osaka 6-1 6-1

ACES

Azarenka - 1

Osaka - 1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Azarenka - 24/21

Osaka - 4/14

BREAK POINTS WON

Azarenka - 6/10

Osaka - 1/2

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE

Azarenka - 68

Osaka - 68

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE

Azarenka - 74/46

Osaka - 36/31

TOTAL POINTS

Azarenka - 53

Osaka - 28