Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki eased past her second-round opponent Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-3 in a one-sided clash at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The victory sets up the potential for an enthralling third-round encounter between the Dane and Maria Sharapova, who meets Rebecca Peterson in the second round.

Wozniacki, seeded third, took just over an hour to secure her second consecutive straight-sets win. 

The Dane controlled play from the baseline and won 70 per cent of her first serves while making 14 fewer unforced errors than her opponent as she wrapped up the match in 66 minutes.

‘I thought it was a fine match,’ Wozniacki, who is battling rheumatoid arthritis, told reporters. ‘I think she stepped it up a little bit in the second set. I think I served well.’ 

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