For the second year in a row German Julia Goerges and Switzerland’s Romina Oprandi went head to head at the Australian Open.
Goerges needed three sets to win their third round match last year, but did it more comfortably on Wednesday with a second round 6-3 6-2 win in 64 minutes on Margaret Court Arena.
The No.18 seed put on a dominant display, hitting 28 winners including seven aces.
The German set the tone of the match early, racing to a 4-2 lead.
Unforced errors hurt Oprandi – she made 11 in the opening six games of the match. They continued to be her undoing throughout, as she finished with 24.
Oprandi, ranked 61, did not have the weapons to trouble the powerful Goerges, hitting just two winners for the match.
Goerges served well, winning 80 per cent of her first serve points and saving the sole break point she faced for the match.
“I stepped up my level from the first round and I’m pretty pleased to win in two sets. It is always nice to save some energy,” Goerges said.
She now faces a third round showdown with either Australia’s Samantha Stosur, the No. 9 seed and her doubles partner at the tournament, or former Australian Open semi-finalist Jie Zheng of China.