Result: Victoria Azarenka eases past Sloane Stephens into Australian Open quarter-finals

Second seed Victoria Azarenka remains on course to win a third consecutive Australian Open singles title after seeing off America's Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-2 in round four.

Victoria Azarenka remains on course to win a third consecutive Australian Open singles title.

Belarus's Victoria Azarenka celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Sloane Stephens of the US on day eight of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2014© Getty Images

The world number two, who is yet to drop a set in this year's Melbourne Grand Slam, needed just 91 minutes to see off America's Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-2 in round four.

Azarenka, who also knocked Stephens out of this competition 12 months ago, won all nine of her service games, saving two break points in the process.

The Belarusian returned brilliantly as well, winning 49% of receiving points, including three of 14 break points.

Azarenka is now the only former Australian Open winner left in the women's draw, after 2008 champion Maria Sharapova suffered a three-set defeat to Dominika Cibulkova earlier on day eight.

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Russia's Maria Sharapova on day eight of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2014
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