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13th - 26th January 2014
Melbourne Park, Australia
Last updated: 19/01/2011
DONE AND DUSTED
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki took just 58 minutes to dismantle Wimbledon and US Open doubles Champion Vania King 6-1, 6-0 on the Hisense arena.
The World No.1 next faces 28th seed Dominika Cibulkova who beat her just last week in Sydney.
Ninth seed Fernando Verdasco battled back from the brink of defeat to overcome Janko Tipsarevic 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-0 and move into round three.
The unseeded Serb twice served for the match in the fourth set and held three match points but faltered as the 2009 semi-finalist recovered impressively to dominate the decider.
Venus Williams overcame a thigh injury and a determined opponent as she booked her place in the last 32 with a dramatic 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-4 win over Sandra Zahlavova lasting a minute over three hours.
The 97th ranked Czech player came back from a 1-4 deficit to take the opening set. At that point the American fourth seed hobbled off court to have her right thigh strapped.
The 30 year-old, a finalist in Melbourne eight years ago, came back strongly to win sets two and three despite some great play from her plucky opponent.
14th seed Nicolas Almagro saved two match points on show court 3 to see off Igor Andreev 7-5, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6(10), 7-5 in just under four hours. The Spaniard will next take on 17th seed Ivan Ljubicic.
In the women's event French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone had to fight past hard hitting Canadian Rebecca Marino with the sixth seed coming through 6-3, 5-7, 9-7.
Two seeds from the same section of the women's draw were both felled on day three. Qualifier Vesna Manasieva shocked 15th seed Marion Bartoli 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 while 21st seed Yanina Wickmayer was upset 6-4, 6-2 by Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova. Manasieva and Sevastova will compete for a place in the last 16 on Friday.
Gilles Simon, who pushed four time Australian Open champion and world No.2 Roger Federer the distance in a five set match on Rod Laver. After winning the opening two sets, the 2010 champion was pegged back by the Frenchman, who before the match, held a 2-0 head to head record against the Swiss.
However Federer rallied in the final set to win the match 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 and move into round three where he will play former Wimbledon semi-finalist Xavier Malisse.
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Image - Caroline Wozniacki by Getty Images