Sharapova and Kerber in third round blockbuster

Sharapova and Kerber in third round blockbuster

And Barty was not the only crowd fancy to get her marching orders, with five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova roundly beaten by a surgically precise Angelique Kerber.

Former world No.1s and ex-Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation and Angelique Kerber of Germany on Thursday eased past Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova and Croatia's Donna Vekic respectively to set up an intriguing match in the third round of the Australian Open.

This was Sharapova's first appearance at the Australian Open since 2016, when she tested positive for meldonium and later was handed a 15-month ban.

Djokovic took a medical timeout in the second set to have his back and legs massaged but appeared to show little ill effects for the rest of the match.

The 21st seed obliterated Sharapova in the first set, and while the Russian looked like offering some resistance in the second, she faded right at the end.

Kerber's year-end ranking dropped from No. 1 in 2016 to 21 a year ago, when she failed to defend her Australian or U.S. Open titles.

Defending champion Roger Federer continued his dominance over Richard Gasquet to reach the round of 16 at the Australian Open on Saturday and keep his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title on track.

Women's No. 1 Simona Halep took a longer route - equaling a mark in Melbourne for endurance but signalling, perhaps, that she's closer to a Grand Slam breakthrough.

"I always eat Chinese food match day before".

The only game 2008 Aussie Open champion Sharapova won came after she had saved another break point with a dead netcord.

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I mean, we both played in the past a lot of good matches.

"I'm feeling good, it's good to win today, of course, on my birthday".

The pair of of former world No.1s will meet in the round of 32 on Saturday, with reigning French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko the only other woman still alive in the women's draw to have won a grand slam crown. "She was the more aggressive player".

"I'm here because I'm motivated to get better at my craft".

The Romanian will meet the victor of Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka for a place in the quarter-finals.

Madison Keys of the United States defeated Ana Bogdan of Romania 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Kyrgios is now the only Australian with a chance to take an Open singles title.

"I just feel that my muscles are gone".

Men's seeds eliminated included No. 7 David Goffin and No. 13 Sam Querrey, who was beaten 6-4, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2 by 80th-ranked Marton Fucsovics.

Tomas Berdych beat 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets and fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino to set up a match against Tennys Sandgren.

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