In-form Azarenka makes progress

Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka struggled with injuries in 2014 and 2015

Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka gave further evidence that she is a title contender with another swift win in the Australian Open second round.

The Belarusian, champion in 2012 and 2013, beat Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-1 6-2 and will next face unseeded Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka.

Third seed Garbine Muguruza beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-4 6-2.

Tenth seed John Isner and 23rd seed Gael Monfils were early winners on day four in the men’s draw.

More to follow.

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