Result: Angelique Kerber too strong for Lucie Hradecka

Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a return shot in her match with Lucie Hradecka in the second round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 16, 2013
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Fifth seed Angelique Kerber has too much for Lucie Hradecka as she progresses to the Australian Open third round with a straight-sets win.

Angelique Kerber showed her ruthless streak to thrash Lucie Hradecka and claim a comfortable second-round victory at the Australian Open earlier today.

The fifth seed didn't have things all her own way in the early going but found her stride to make the breakthrough late in the first set.

Hradecka showed some fight to stay alive on serve more than once but eventually dropped the opener by six games to three.

Kerber upped the intensity in the second set and blew Hradecka away with a series of clinical winners and powerful returns.

The German contender dropped just three games on her way to an impressive 6-3 6-1 win, which secures a third-round match against either Madison Keys or Tamira Paszek on Friday.

German Angelique Kerber celebrates after winning her first round match against Elina Svitolina at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 14, 2013
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