Azarenka wins qualifier against Osaka to reach 4th round - essentiallysports.com
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka (R) shakes hands with Japan's Naomi Osaka after Azarenka won their third round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Azarenka wins qualifier, MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Twice champion Victoria Azarenka schooled Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 6-1 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday and issue an ominous statement to her rivals.

The big Belarusian has been in irrepressible form at Melbourne Park,conceded only five games in her last 16.Azarenka wins qualifier

Azarenka dominated her 18-year-old opponent in every department of their first meeting and closed out the win with a roar towards the players box after driving a volley into an open court on match point.

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Azarenka wins qualifier against Osaka to reach 4th round - essentiallysports.com
Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka celebrates after winning her third round match. Against Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Azarenka next plays unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova. who earlier tore the bottom half the draw.wide opened by dumping third seed. Garbine Muguruza out of the tournament.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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