Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams progress as seeds dominate at the Australian Open
Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams got the Australian Open off to a flying start with comprehensive first-round wins.
Last Updated: 14/01/13 11:11am
The duo are slated to clash in the third round in Melbourne - and they remained on course for that mouth-watering clash on a day dominated by the seeded players.
Sharapova, ranked No 2, thumped fellow Russian Olga Puchkova 6-0 6-0, while No 25 seed Williams brushed aside Galina Voskoboeva 6-1 6-0.
In-form fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska recovered from a shaky start to overcome Australian wild card Bojana Bobusic.
Radwanska, who has yet to drop a set in 2013 after tournament successes in Auckland and Sydney, recovered to win 7-5 6-0 having seen Bobusic serve for the first set.
Fifth seed Angelique Kerber, No 6 seed Li Na and home favourite Sam Stosur, ranked ninth, also progressed in straight sets.
Kerber beat Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-4, 2011 runner-up Li eased past Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1 6-3 and Stosur dug deep to see of Chang Kai-Chen 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.
Julia Goerges, the 18th seed, the closest of the ranked players to bowing out early on in Melbourne but the German recovered to beat Vera Dushevina 7-5 2-6 6-4.
No 19 seed Ekaterina Makarova, 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic, 23rd-ranked Klara Zakopalova and Sorana Cirstea, the 27th seed, all made it into the second round with comprehensive wins.