Azarenka, the world number three, opened her campaign for a maiden slam title on Rod Laver Arena. Victoria dropped the first game against her young British opponent before reeling off 12 consecutive games to adavance to the second round where she will meet Australian wild card entry, Casey Dellacqua. Dellacqua, who captured the hearts of the nation with her run to the forth round of the Australian Open in 2008, defeated rising Serbian star Bojana Jovanovski. If Azarenka were to win the encounter she could play Hobart champion Mona Barthel. The young German won the first set against Anne Keothavong 6-0, when the Brit was forced to retire due to suspected food poisoning. Barthel will play 32nd seeded Petra Cetkovska in the second.
The biger names in the tournament have been flying so far, dropping just eight games between them in the opening round. Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka both dropped just one game, second seed Petra Kvitova dropped two while top seed Caroline Wozniacki dropped three in what was the toughest of the four matches, with her opponent failing to capitalize on her opportunities in the first set.
Honorable mention to Serena Williams who powered down 12 aces, including four in one service game, extended her first found winning record at slams to 46-0. And hit this return.
Defending champion Kim Clijsters bounced back after a sluggish first set to dispatch her qualifier opponent 7-5 6-1
And sixth seeded Australian Sam Stosur became the first major casualty of the open falling in the first round to Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-6 6-3.