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Wozniacki crushes Gibbs in Classic

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/01/2017 Angelo Risso

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after winning her match against Nicole Gibbs of USA on day two of the ASB Classic. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after winning her match against Nicole Gibbs of USA on day two of the ASB Classic. Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has started her 2017 campaign on the right note with a first-round ASB Classic thrashing of Nicole Gibbs.

The 26-year-old Wozniacki defeated her American opponent 6-1, 6-0 in less than an hour.

Wozniacki roared out of the blocks early, easily breaking personal friend Gibbs in her first return game and going on to win the first set 6-1.

The second set followed a similar script, as Wozniacki's finesse and Gibbs' repeated unforced errors propelled the match towards an early finish.

Gibbs committed four double faults and won less than 30 per cent of her second-serve points.

Wozniacki, meanwhile, was brutally effective with her serving game, winning more than 80 per cent of all service points.

The 2015 Classic runner-up, one of the stars of international tennis, endured a miserable 2016 campaign, exiting in the first rounds of the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

But a semi-final exit at Flushing Meadows and victories in late-season tournaments in Japan and Hong Kong have stoked hopes of a tilt at this year's Australian Open.

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