French top seed Marion Bartoli dropped only one game in dumping former world number one Dinara Safina out of the Hobart International on Monday.
Bartoli was in commanding form to put out the 2009 Australian Open runner-up, 6-0, 6-1 in one hour and 31 minutes in a night match.
"She (Safina) was a very tough opponent tonight. If you look at the rallies we played I think it was a really great match," the world number 16 said.
"Some days we are really tight and the result goes my way. The score could have much been much tougher and much tighter.
"I think the crowd really enjoyed match. Both of us put on a great show and it was a great atmosphere."
Two of the top three seeds were defeated in the first round, with second seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova retiring with a leg injury against American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Bulgarian third seed Tsvetana Pironkova falling to Peng Shuai of China.