Second seed Angelique Kerber and former world number one Maria Sharapova both advanced to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
The German notched up her 100th grand slam win when she defeated Beatriz Haddad 6-2, 6-3 in 83 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena. Kerber would fire 16 winners and would take advantage of Haddad’s 39 unforced errors as she tried to chase the match.
However, the Brazilian put up a good fight. In the first set, she rallied to save no less than ten breakpoints as Kerber piled on the pressure. But she broke Haddad once more in the final game to claim the set.
Kerber’s efficient service games was a feature of the second set, keeping her foot on the pedal as Haddad was left to chase a result. On her first match point, Kerber sealed the deal and booked her place in the next round, where she faces local hopeful Kimberly Birrell.
Meanwhile, Sharapova was ruthless in the final match of the day, needing 70 minutes to dispatch Rebecca Paterson 6-2, 6-1. The 2008 champion never faced a breakpoint and converted five out of seven she earned.
In other results, eight seed Petra Kvitova breezed past Irina Begu 6-1, 6-3 and 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka beat Katie Boulter 6-3, 6-4.