Melbourne - Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova cruised into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday, with her vanquished opponent Irina-Camelia Begu tipping the Czech eighth seed for the title.
Kvitova never looked troubled as she downed Begu 6-1, 6-3 in 69 minutes.
"If you're gonna play like that you're gonna win it," the Romanian said as she congratulated Kvitova at the net.
The 28-year-old has been in strong form leading into the season-opening Grand Slam, winning last week's Sydney International.
Kvitova, whose best result at Melbourne Park was a run to the semi-finals in 2012, will meet Belinda Bencic of Switzerland next.
Taylor Fritz (USA) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x30) 6-3, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5)