Australian Open: Ana Ivanovic to face Sam Stosur after easy win in round two
Ana Ivanovic thrashed Germany's Annika Beck to set up an intriguing third round clash with Sam Stosur in Melbourne.
Last Updated: 15/01/14 4:22pm
The 2008 French Open champion needed just 56 minutes to sweep past Beck 6-1 6-2 and maintain her excellent recent run of form.
Ivanovic arrived in Melbourne on the back of claiming the Auckland Open title and, after seeing off Holland's Kiki Bertens in straight sets in the first round, enjoyed another impressive outing on Wednesday.
She broke her outclassed opponent three times in each set on her way to a one-sided success, but acknowledged that Stosur was likely to offer a far sterner test in the next round.
"It's a tough match, a third round match that will not be easy for her [Stosur] or me," Ivanovic stated afterwards. "We've played a few times, and recently as well, and it was one each way and we've also played here.
"It will be tough and I'll get myself in the best possible shape for that one."
Stosur looking strong
Stosur also made short work of her second round opponent as she thrashed Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 6-0.
Losing just four points on her first serve throughout, Stosur proved far too strong for the 2010 Wimbledon semi-finalist and cruised to victory in 67 minutes.
Another Australian hope, Casey Dellacqua, built on her eye-catching first round win over Vera Zvonareva with another hugely-impressive straight sets triumph.
This time 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens - Laura Robson's conqueror in the first round - was put to the sword, Dellacqua romping to a 6-3 6-0 triumph.
31st seed Daniela Hantuchova - who put out Heather Watson - came through an epic third set against Czech Karolina Pliskova to keep alive her hopes, the Slovak eventually prevailing 6-3 3-6 12-10.
Elsewhere China's Zheng Zie beat American Madison Keys 7-6 (7/5) 1-6 7-5, while there were straight set wins for Eugenie Bouchard and Alison Riske against Virginie Razzano and Yanina Wickmayer respectively.