Bencic breezes into third round

Belinda Bencic booked her spot in the third round of the Australian Open after cruising past Timea Babos 6-3, 6-3. 

The 12th seed, who is searching for her maiden grand slam title, took a 3-1 lead early in the first set, and Bencic went on to clinch the opener 6-3 after breaking Babos for a second time in the ninth game.

The 18-year-old continued to dominate in the second set and broke Babos in the fourth game en route to a 4-1 lead.

Even though Babos denied Bencic match point in the eighth game, the Swiss sensation wrapped up the match on her own serve in the following game.

Roberta Vinci also progressed to the third round at Melbourne Park as she beat Irina Falconi 6-2, 6-3.

Vinci broke Falconi twice in the first set, which lasted just 33 minutes, before racing out to a 5-1 lead in the second. Even though Falconi broke Vinci in the seventh game to stop her from converting match point, the 32-year-old Italian finished off the American with relative ease.

Meanwhile, Svetlana Kuznetsova became the latest high-profile player to be knocked out of the Australian Open after she was beaten 6-1, 7-5 by Kateryna Bondarenko.

The 23rd seed looked very rusty in the first set and was a step behind Bondarenko throughout and was broken twice.

Despite putting up more of a fight in the second set, where she broke Bondarenko twice, Kuznetsova was unable to stop the Ukrainian from dumping her out in just the second round.

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