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Angelique Kerber smashes Maria Sharapova to make fourth round

21 January 2018, 12:12 | Louis Holland

Sharapova-Kerber Highlights 3rd Round Matchups, Muguruza, Konta out

Birthday girl Angelique Kerber sets up mouthwatering Maria Sharapova clash

Former champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber will meet in a mouth-watering Australian Open third-round clash after hanging tough to record convincing wins in brutal conditions on Thursday.

Maria Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open victor, hurried through the first set on Rod Laver Arena in 23 minutes before beating No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Sharapova will leave Melbourne with some positive takeaways.

Kerber, who had a shocking 2017, looked at her best for some time as she polished off Sharapova in 64 minutes.

MELBOURNE, Australia - Angelique Kerber is on her own in an elite club at the Australian Open.

A fluffed drop shot attempt at 3-4 followed by an unforced error gave 2016 champion Kerber breathing space and she finished the contest in the next game.

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Australia's hope of seeing a homegrown Grand Slam champion now rests exclusively on the temperamental shoulders of Nick Kyrgios after women's contender Ashleigh Barty was sent packing by Naomi Osaka.

Halep has been travelling under the radar somewhat at Melbourne Park as she works her way towards a maiden Grand Slam title.

"I'm looking forward to the thirties".

The two had not played since 2015, though both their last fwo meetings had been thrilling three-set matches.

"I was really happy with how aggressive I was. I just think the double-hander is easier".

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were nearly as ruthless in their straight-sets wins Saturday night, which is hardly surprising for two players with a combined 31 Grand Slam titles.

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After such a dominant first set, it seemed that Kerber could completely run away with the match as she broke early on for a 2-0 lead in the second set.

Also advancing were No. 8 Caroline Garcia and No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, who next plays Hsieh.

Considered one of the contenders for the title after Serena Williams opted against defending her Australian title, Muguruza had a troubled preparation including a retirement at the Brisbane International and a withdrawal ahead the quarterfinals in Sydney because of a right thigh injury.

Roger Federer continued his careerlong domination of Richard Gasquet, beating the Frenchman for the 17th time in 19 matches with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 third-round win. "Don't know if (winning) is going to happen this year, but so far, so good".

Another unexpected loss at a major had the highly touted Zverev admitting he may have a problem.

Tomas Berdych ended 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro's return to Melbourne Park for the first time since 2014 with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win. He's won five tour-level titles, but never gone beyond the fourth round at a major. As I said, this is a process. Dabrowski and partner Mate Pavic of Croatia defeated Australians Alex Bolt and Lizette Cabrera 6-3, 7-5.

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