Maria Sharapova may have left Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano with permanent ear damage after screaming her way to a 7-6 6-3 second round victory.
Wailing like a banshee on virtually every point, the former world No.1 took a shade over two hours to advance after an error-strewn performance arguably more memorable for its volume levels.
Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with an emphatic 6-1, 6-0 win over American Vania King.
The 20-year-old Danish player was never troubled in the 58-minute match, breaking 88th-ranked King’s serve to finish it off and reach the third round for a 13th consecutive Grand Slam tournament.
To get to the semis, she might have to beat seven-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin, who continued her comeback from injury with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Elena Baltacha of Britain on center court.
“I have a lot of good memories, almost all good memories, from Melbourne,” said Henin, the 2004 Australian champion and runner-up here in 2006.
Her comeback was stalled after Wimbledon - she couldn't play because of an elbow injury — and is making another return of sorts at Melbourne Park.
“I’ve been fighting hard the last few months and it’s great to be back in Australia.”
Including Wozniacki, three women could finish the tournament at No. 1. Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva are the others, and they opened with straight-set first-round wins.
Sania ends campaign
Sania Mirza’s campaign in the Australian Open ended today after she and her Czech partner Renata Voracova crashed out of the women’s doubles event, losing 6-4 6-1 to top seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in the opening round here.
Sania, who won the mixed doubles title here with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009, is not taking part in the event this time around.