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Caroline Wozniacki proved too strong for Naomi Broady © Getty Images
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Brits Naomi Broady and Tara Moore both saw their Wimbledon dreams ended on day three at SW19 while eighth seed Victoria Azarenka endured the biggest shock of the women's draw so far.

Caroline Wozniacki took little under an hour to dispatch Broady 6-2 6-3 on Court No.1. The 16th seed opened with an early break of serve and raced into a 3-0 lead before Broady fought back from love-30 to hold and get her first game on the board.

However, Wozniacki proved too strong and, despite saving two set points, Broady sent a return too long to put the Dane in strong command.

Wozniacki broke in the first game of the second as Broady's resolve weakened. A drop in serve saw her fall 4- behind and, by that point, the damage was done. The Brit looped her return long of the baseline and Wozniacki acknowledged the crowd after only 59 minutes on court, safely into round three.

Wozniacki told the BBC: "It definitely wasn't easy. I broke her serve early in both sets, but she served some big serves and I had to hold my focus, because the momentum could have easily gone the other way.

"I feel great. I'm playing really well. I love playing on the grass on the big courts here at Wimbledon, and I'm just glad to get one more match."

Earlier on Wednesday, British No.6 Moore admitted she was disappointed to have been knocked out after losing in a final set to Vera Zvonareva.

Moore, who was handed a wildcard for this year's Championships, has now been beaten in the first round in each of the last three years after coming agonisingly close to ousting Zvonareva, losing 6-4 6-7(7) 9-7 after squandering a break in the third and final set.

"The overwhelming feeling is one of disappointment," Moore said. "Vera is very good and played well in the tough moments. She just had too much for me out there sometimes."

Ranked at 255 in the world, Moore fought back from a set down on Tuesday to stay in the tournament after winning the second set tiebreak. Resuming the first-round clash on Wednesday after bad light stopped play, Moore secured the early break to hold the advantage in the final set.

However, it was Zvonareva's turn to fight back as she clinched victory on her second match point in the 16th game to avoid an upset.

Eighth seed Victoria Azarenka endured the biggest shock in the women's draw so far after she was beaten 6-3 3-6 7-5 by Bojana Jovanovski on day three.

Azarenka, the former world No.1 and two-time Australian Open champion, showed glimpses of quality but was ultimately not strong enough where it mattered.

Azarenka has never made it past the last eight at SW19 and failed to match her opponent for tenacity in their encounter, which lasted over two hours on court No.3. She recently returned from injury, having missed the French Open last month.

Five-time champion Venus Williams moved to within one victory of Steffi Graf's total of 74 by beating Kurumi Nara 7-6(4) 6-1, while No.2 seed Li Na defeated Yvonne Meusburger 6-2 6-2.

Agnieszka Radwanska, runner-up in 2012, beat Casey Dellacqua 6-4 6-0 on Centre Court to also reach the third round and is joined by 2011 champion Petra Kvitova after she cruised past Mona Barthel 6-2 6-0.

For more results from day three at Wimbledon, please click here

Bojana Jovanovski shocked eighth seed Victoria Azarenka © PA Photos
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