Australian Open: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic in action

Last Updated: 14/01/14 5:18pm

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Serena Williams: Will take on Vesna Dolonc

Serena Williams: Will take on Vesna Dolonc

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Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic will be among the leading lights looking to continue their progress at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Williams, the top seed, needed just 57 minutes to see off teenager Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-1 in her opening round clash in Melbourne - and a similar result seems likely against world No 104 Vesna Dolonc on Rod Laver Arena.

Dolonc only recorded her first win of 2014 when she edged out Lara Arruabarrena in three sets in the first round.

And world No 1 Williams, a five-time Australian Open champion, will be a massive step up in class for the Serbian.

Last year's beaten finalist Li Na kicks off the action on Rod Laver and the fourth seed will look to extend her unbeaten start to the season against Belinda Bencic.

Na, the champion in Shenzhen, dropped just two games against Ana Konjuh and will already have one eye on another charge through to the second week.

Following the departures of Lleyton Hewit and Bernard Tomic on Tuesday, 17th seed Sam Stosur will look to lift the home crowd.

However she faces a tough tie against the in-form Tsvetana Pironkova, with the Bulgarian having claimed the scalps of Sara Errani, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber on her way to the Sydney International title.

Sabine Lisicki also has a difficult-looking second round match with the 15th seed taking on Monica Niculescu on Margaret Court Arena. Niculescu has a 2-1 winning record over Lisicki.

Kristen Flipkens, the 18th seed who beat Laura Robson in the opening round, takes on Casey Dellacqua, while 28th-ranked Flavia Pennetta will look to overcome Monica Puig.

Novak Djokovic: The defending champion


Djokovic, who beat Andy Murray in the final 12 months ago, saw off Lukas Lacko in straight sets on Monday and will face world No 98 Leonardo Mayer on Rod Laver Arena.

David Ferrer is a potential semi-final opponent for Djokovic and he will look to continue his road to redemption against Adrian Mannarino.

Ferrer, the third seed, suffered a 6-2 6-2 6-1 thrashing against Djokovic in last year's semi-final - and he is determined to set the record straight.

Fellow top-tenners Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka are also in action. Seventh seed Berdych is unlikely to have many problems against Kenny De Schepper, while eighth-ranked Wawrinka tackles world No 87 Falla.

One of the best encounters, though, could come on Margaret Court Arena when 23rd seed Ernests Gulbis faces Sam Querrey. The record between the duo stands a 2-2, with Gulbis having edged Querrey last time out 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-4) at Delray Beach.

Finally, sometimes it really is not the winning or losing that matters, but the taking part. Welcome back then, to a fit and healthy Ross Hutchins. The doubles specialist makes his return to the sport having missed the whole of last season after being diagnosed with the cancer Hodgkin's lymphoma in December 2012.

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