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Tennis: Wozniacki firing on all cylinders

World no 1 Caroline Wozniacki dispelled any lingering doubts about her wrist injury by brushing aside the challenge of Anastasia Rodionova at the Australian Open yesterday.

The Dane injured the joint during her defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska at the Sydney International last week, but there were few signs of discomfort as she crushed Australian Rodionova 6-2 6-1.

"It (the wrist) feels much better. I was a bit nervous before the match as I didn't really know what to expect, but I am very happy with the way I felt out there," she said.

Wozniacki's victory capped a good opening day for the seeded women after Victoria Azarenka earlier led a quintet of top-ranked players into the second round.

Azarenka, the third seed, thrashed Britain's Heather Watson to join defending champion Kim Clijsters, Li Na, eighth seed Radwanska and 10th seed Francesca Schiavone in posting victories.

Irish Independent