Australian Open: Azarenka continues fine comeback run and advances to last 16

Victoria Azarenka (right) of Belarus greets Barbora Zalhavova Strycova of Czech Republic after winning their women's singles match on day six of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 24, 2015.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Victoria Azarenka (right) of Belarus greets Barbora Zalhavova Strycova of Czech Republic after winning their women's singles match on day six of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 24, 2015.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus jubilates after winning against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in their third round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus jubilates after winning against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in their third round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: EPA

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka maintained her Melbourne Park comeback on Saturday with a straight sets win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to reach the last 16.

Azarenka downed the Czech 25th seed 6-4, 6-4 to set up a fourth-round meeting with last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova, seeded 11.

Former world No. 1 Azarenka, 25, is unseeded this year as she returns from a horror 2014 which saw her battling injury and depression as her ranking slid to 44.