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FedExpress, Sharapova roll into day four action at Australian Open

18 January, 2018, 14:07 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Maria Sharapova during a practice session in Melbourne

With temperatures heating up in Melbourne, the two Grand Slam winners wasted little time on court. Bouchard, who made it to the semifinals here and at the French Open in 2014 before losing the Wimbledon final, has had a fall from grace and is now ranked 112th from her career high of No 5.

Madison Keys sailed through against Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova even faster, with the American 17th seed winning 6-0 6-1 in 41 minutes.

"I cherish these moments". It extended her streak to 10 consecutive wins, including the Sydney International title last week - her first title since the 2016 US Open.

"I feel like the reception has been really warm throughout all the tournaments", Sharapova told espn.in.

"When she broke back I thought: 'Oh, it's going to be three sets again", said Sharapova, who added.

The German managed to prolong the contest for another game but Sharapova finished off the match in style, belting a forehand victor at 30-30 and then aiming a searing first serve bang on the line. "The crowd and the fans in all the different cities that I have competed in have been great".

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Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova and eighth seed Caroline Garcia also progressed, in contrast to the other side of the draw that saw Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe crash out on Monday. She was a very good tennis player, but she didn't abruptly dominate the spot.

"We get together, a hundred players get together two or three times in a whole year".

It was his earliest Grand Slam exit in seven years as he fights back from a wrist injury.

Young, who's is world number 63, helped Djokovic out with a promiscuous start scattered with errors.

Tennis fans at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday night were privileged to see the 18-time grand slam victor do as only he can before being treated to a special one-off on-court interview.

Defending champion Roger Federer admits he's keeping a close eye on Novak Djokovic as the Serbian attempts to emulate the Swiss' incredible 2017 Australian Open comeback.

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The Serb, returning from a long break with an elbow injury, plays American Donald Young on Margaret Court Arena.

Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Stan Wawrinka and Petra Kvitova all returned to Melbourne Park and all but one reached the second round Tuesday ahead of one of the city's summer heat waves.

Six-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic won 11 of the first 12 games and amassed 33 winners in an ominous display of class and power. In a roller-coaster ride not unusual for a Kvitova match, the twice Wimbledon champion fell 6-3 4-6 10-8 to Andrea Petkovic in almost three hours.

The tall tattooed Czech, who made the quarter-final in Australia past year, was largely untroubled and is looking for a deep run at the tournament.

The Russian is making her first appearance at the Australian Open since 2016 and came through unscathed against Maria Tatjana in the opening round.

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