Naomi Osaka reached the third round of the Australian Open with ease on Wednesday.

Serena Williams is also still unapproachable, while Simona Halep escaped an early elimination in Melbourne.

The 23-year-old Osaka only needed an hour in the Rod Laver Arena to get rid of Caroline Garcia: 6-2 and 6-3.

The four-year-older Frenchwoman had no chance and did not force a single breakpoint in the entire match.

In the entire second set, Osaka lost only two points on her own service.

The Japanese, who, just like Garcia, hit fourteen unnecessary errors but scored a lot more winners, closed the game in style with a love game.

In the first round, Osaka already convinced by giving up only three games against the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

For a place in the eighth finals, the current number three in the world awaits a match against the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, the number 27 on the placement list.

Osaka won the Australian Open for the first time in 2019 by beating Kvitová in the final.

She also has two US Open titles (2018 and 2020) on her honors list.

The necessary spectators sat in the stands of the Rod Laver Arena.

In the first week of the Australian Open, 30,000 fans are welcome per day.

The necessary spectators sat in the stands of the Rod Laver Arena.

In the first week of the Australian Open, 30,000 fans are welcome per day.

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Serena Williams only allows Stojanovic three games

Serena Williams had already set a good example to Osaka in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday (Dutch time) by eliminating Nina Stojanovic.

The Serbian number 99 in the world only took three games against the 39-year-old American, who won many points on her first serve: 6-3 and 6-0.

In the first round Williams also had no child to the German Laura Siegemund (6-1 and 6-1).

For a place in the eighth finals, the current number eleven in the world awaits a showdown with nineteen-year-old Anastasia Potapova from Russia.

Williams hopes to finally match Margaret Court's coveted Grand Slam record at the Australian Open.

The now 78-year-old Australian tennis legend has won 24 titles in her career, one more than Williams.

Seven-time Australian Open winner Williams has been very close to tying the prestigious record four times.

She reached the final of Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019, but fell in all those matches.

Williams last won the Australian Open in 2017.

Serena Williams easily reached the third round in sun-drenched Melbourne.

Serena Williams easily reached the third round in sun-drenched Melbourne.

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World number two Halep escapes in three-set

The 29-year-old Halep seemed to be eliminated in the second round, but the Romanian took the lead after a spectacular match of more than 2.5 hours against home player Ajla Tomljanovic: 4-6, 6-4 and 7-5.

Both players were especially sloppy in their own service games, with no fewer than fifteen breaks throughout the game.

Halep was 2-5 behind in the deciding set and Tomljanovic was allowed to serve 5-4 for the game, but Halep remained upright and fought back nicely.

It wouldn't have been the first time Halep had to leave the Australian Open at an early stage.

The two-time Grand Slam winner already stranded in the first round in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.

In 2018, Halep surprisingly steamed through to the final, in which she had to recognize her superior in Danish Caroline Wozniacki.

In the third round Halep plays against the Russian Veronika Kudermetova, the number 32 of the placement list.

Simona Halep escaped elimination at the Australian Open.

Simona Halep escaped elimination at the Australian Open.

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Kvitová cannot live up to expectations

For Kvitová, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year has already ended.

The number eight in the world was surprisingly eliminated in the second round by the Romanian Sorana Cîrstea: 4-6, 6-1 and 1-6.

Kvitová was far from her top level against the global number 68 and made no fewer than 44 unnecessary mistakes.

The Czech, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, reached the final of the Australian Open in 2019.

Last year, the quarter-finals were the final destination.

Just like Kvitová, 20-year-old Andreescu was surprised in Melbourne.

The Canadian lost to Hsieh Su-wei from Taiwan: 3-6 and 2-6.

That is no shame for Andreescu, because the US Open winner of 2019 played her first tournament at the Australian Open since the WTA Finals of 2019.

Hsieh takes on Sara Errani in the third round.

The Italian awarded two-time Australian Open finalist Venus Williams just one game: 6-1 and 6-0.

Forty-year-old Williams, who competed for the 21st time in Melbourne, suffered an ankle injury at the end of the first set.

The Dutch are no longer active in the women's tournament.

Kiki Bertens was unable to participate in Melbourne due to an Achilles tendon injury and Arantxa Rus was unable to stunt against Iga Swiatek in the first round.