Maria Sharapova beats defending champion Caroline Wozniacki

Ruben Holloway
January 20, 2019

I just, we are just playing, we are on tour.

Maria Sharapova put herself in the title conversation at the Australian Open by knocking out defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the third round.

In her 12th appearance at the Australian Open, Wozniacki took just 27 minutes to claim the opening set, getting on top early with a strong service game and impressive court coverage.

Wozniacki also suggested she would head to the Miami Open after all despite considering boycotting the event past year.

Errors from Sharapova gave Wozniacki a break for a 3-1 lead, only for the Danish third seed to double fault when down a break point in the seventh game.

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It was the kind of casually soul-destroying performance that makes it seem as though they can do this whenever they choose. Denver entered the night with the best record in the West, just a half-game ahead of the Warriors. "It's just one game".

The Dane fought back after dropping the first set against the 2008 victor Sharapova, who closed it out 6-4 4-6 6-3 in two hours and 24 minutes on Friday. "Those are the rallies that many years ago she used to win".

'I think she doesn't really talk to anybody and just, you know, has her team and has her own thing.

The No. 14-seeded Tsitsipas had a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia on Margaret Court Arena on Friday. Sharapova has now won on seven occasions.

She is up Against Sharapova who has displayed impeccable form in the tournament so far.

Ninth seed Kiki Bertens, who raced through the rankings previous year after winning three titles, was whipped in three sets by Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

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Belarus had two winners: Aliaksandra Sasnovich ousted 20th seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia 6-3 6-3, and 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka defeated Briton Katie Boulter 6-3 6-4.

Sharapova, a four-time finalist at Melbourne Park, will face Australian No.1 Ash Barty for a place in the quarterfinals on Sunday. I feel pretty happy about it.

Caroline Wozniacki may not have faced off with Maria Sharapova for almost four years ahead of her defeat to the Russian on Friday afternoon, but the pair have certainly clashed in other regards. "It's a luxury for me to have achieved winning a slam and being number one and winning a lot of other tournaments".

Roger Federer, the defending men's champion, also enjoyed a comfortable victory on Rod Laver Arena.

Now Wozniacki is seeded third here and Sharapova is 30th.

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Progression to the last 32 will precipitate a rankings rise for the 20-year-old, with a cheque of at least $165,000 awaiting her. She made her return to Tennis only past year and will now look to win the tournament for the 8th time , setting a new record.

In a physical match lasting two-and-a-half-hours, Sharapova, 31, toppled the reigning champion with an emphatic performance characterised by gritty determination and powerful groundstrokes. Sharapova enters this match after winning her second-round fixture in straight sets.

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