Caroline Wozniacki had good reason to treat the powerful Taylor Townsend with a degree of caution but the No.8 seed emerged with a highly satisfactory victory, 7-6(1) 6-2.
Serena Williams is the woman to beat, but the first-round meeting between Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens leaps out of the draw.
Tram rides travelled, draws revealed, crystal ballgazing started – it must be about time for Australian Open 2015.
Alix Ramsay looks at the ups and downs of a hectic two days of opening-round matches at Australian Open 2015.
Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka are firm friends off the court, but it’s a friendship that will take a temporary back seat when they clash for a place in the third round on Thursday.
Unseeded after a year to forget, Victoria Azarenka was always going to be tested early at Australian Open 2015. After two matches, it’s a test she’s passing with flying colours.
Victoria Azarenka d Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki d Taylor Townsend 7-6(1) 6-2