Azarenka cruises past Vesnina in Brisbane, Kerber recovers against Giorgi

After climbing back towards the top 20 last year, Azarenka made a positive start to her 2016 campaign with a strong display of baseline hitting as she cruised to a 6-2 6-0 victory.

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Victoria Azarenka celebrates victory over Elena Vesnina

Two-time Brisbane International finalist Victoria Azarenka cruised into the second round on Monday with a comprehensive straight-sets win over Elena Vesnina.

After climbing back towards the top 20 last year, Azarenka made a positive start to her 2016 campaign with a strong display of baseline hitting as she cruised to a 6-2 6-0 victory. Vesnina started well to take the opening two games of the match, but that was as good as it got for the Russian, Azarenka turning the screw.

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The world number 22 reeled off 12 successive games to book her place in the second round, creating 13 break-point chances along the way. Fourth seed Angelique Kerber was given a scare in her opening match of the year as Camila Giorgi took the opening set of their first-round match, but Kerber responded well to claim a 5-7 6-3 6-0 win.

All of the seeds in action on Monday made it through to round two, only Roberta Vinci dropping a set as she — like Kerber — came from a set down to beat Jelena Jankovic 3-6 6-2 6-4.

Carla Suarez Navarro and Belinda Bencic both raced to straight-sets victories against Ajla Tomljanovic and Sara Errani respectively, while there were also wins for Samantha Crawford, Madison Brengle and home favourite Sam Stosur.