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Sharapova v Kerber in Open third round

Sharapova v Kerber in Open third round

The 30-year-old, who is bidding to clinch his sixth Australian Open title, had earlier made a successful comeback from six-month injury lay-off by thrashing world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 in the exhibition event at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Tuesday. "Despite winning our last match, I faced two match points and barely got through that one, 7-6 in the third".

Sevastova, the 14th seed at the tournament, was supposed to be a bigger test for Sharapova.

The Polish 26th seed pulled it round to win 6-2, 5-7, 3-6 and set up a tie against the victor of the Garbine Muguruza, Hsieh Su-wei tie.

Maria Sharapova cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-4 win over Tatjana Maria of Germany on Margaret Court Arena.

Hot shot: Su-Wei Hsieh celebrates her shock win over Garbine Muguruza in the Melbourne heat. They didn't meet again until a year ago on grass at Eastbourne, where Djokovic won in straight sets. "So third round of the Australian Open, I don't know, I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory", Sharapova said after the match.

With the win, unseeded Sharapova has now improved her record in first rounds of Grand Slams to 48-3 while she has improved her record against Germans to 26-5, the WTA reported.




Against an opponent who had thwarted the Russian's Grand Slam comeback in the last 16 of the US Open past year, Sharapova sped through a scintillating first set in 23 power-packed minutes.

Wawrinka, facing a harder hitter in Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania, dropped the third set but still pulled through 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2).

On a brutally hot day at Melbourne Park, the Spaniard received treatment for blisters caused by the hot court surface, later measured to have reached almost 70 degrees for the men's match that followed.

American Madison Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up, moved into the second round with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Wang Qiang.

Young didn't go out without a fight, however, saving four match points on his serve in the ninth game of the final set before Djokovic served out the match in the next game. I saw that you've portrayed me as someone who is very greedy, asks for more money and wants to boycott.

"With that choice I know that I face difficulties and challenges on the court and that I start from no ranking and that I might start on some outside courts". The Russian will now face the victor of Angelique Kerber and Donna Vekic in what will be an attractive third-round encounter, regardless of whoever the opponent will be.

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