Kerber beats Sharapova in 3rd round in Australia

Jeannette Daniel
January 21, 2018

Angelique Kerber produced a superb performance to beat Maria Sharapova and confirm herself as a title contender at the Australian Open.

Welcome to our first Australian Open live blog of the day, as two former champions Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova go head to head. Chung beat fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 six days after a win over No. 32 Mischa Zverev.

Sharapova hit 10 of her 15 winners in the second set but a ruthless Kerber maintained the advantage to consign the Russian to her worst result at Melbourne Park since 2010. But Kerber, who plummeted down the rankings previous year after finishing 2016 at No.1, broke Sharapova's serve in the first game of the match and that set the tone for what followed.

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

The 21st seed Kerber needed just 64 minutes to dispatch Sharapova, who won the Australian Open title in 2008, in the third round of the first Grand Slam event of the season, reports Efe. She's always risky, especially at the Grand Slams.

"I'm looking forward to the thirties".

Simona Halep survived an almighty scare as American Lauren Davis pushed her all the way in a titanic three-setter which lasted 3 hours and 44 minutes.

"I had a really tough off-season and I was working hard to be here and playing against the best players".

"I think now I'm much stronger (mentally)", the 26-year- old told reporters.

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No. 123-ranked Pera is making her Grand Slam debut and, after losing in the last round of qualifying, didn't even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew.

But, after leaving the court for a bathroom break, he returned to play the third set.

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.

"I know that I have to play my best tennis again".

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova remained on course for a semifinal clash with Halep as she beat fellow Czech Fed Cup teammate Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7-6), 7-5 to move into the fourth round.

Madison Keys is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after starting Saturday's program on Margaret Court Arena with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ana Bogdan.

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

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.

"It feels awesome. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I'm in, so I was obviously excited, " Pera said.

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