Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Sharapova upsets defending champion Wozniacki

Sharapova upsets defending champion Wozniacki

"These types of matches are what I train for and it was really rewarding to win that last point", added the 30th seed.

"I know she took a little break from the game and came back and resurged".

Sharapova, the champion here in 2008 and who fell in the third round to Angelique Kerber past year, ran her opponent ragged this time, coming back from 1-4 to claim the first set.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, going where no Greek man has gone before at the majors but is still feeling right at home. Her 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal win over Venus Williams in Miami was the first Top-10 win of her career.

"I think her story is phenomenal", Sharapova said. With determination she got there past year.

Sharapova failed to capitalise on the first match point but did not miss the second chance and went on to register a thumping victory over Wozniacki.

The victor will face Tomas Berdych, who rallied to beat Argentine 18th seed Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Sharapova has now won on seven occasions.

A "mild strain" was the official reason offered for Barty's withdrawal, casting doubt over her fitness ahead of Sunday's fourth-round singles showdown with Maria Sharapova.

Danish world number three Wozniacki, defending the ranking points won in Melbourne past year, is set to slide down the standings as a result of the defeat.

Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also advanced, crushing Aliaksandra Sasnovich for a showdown with fifth seed Sloane Stephens. "I like the way he plays and all that". He is winning a lot of matches. They play their third-round match later Friday at Rod Laver Arena, with defending men's champion Roger Federer's match against American Taylor Fritz in between. "She is the defending champion of this event and it's no secret she loves this arena", Sharapova said in a courtside interview.

Second seed Rafael Nadal proved untroubled by Australia's Alex de Minaur as the Spaniard secured a straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win.

She will next play local favourite Ashleigh Barty, whobecame the first player through to the last 16 with a 7-5 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari.

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

On paper it was not much of a match-up, Kerber the 2016 Australian Open victor and reigning Wimbledon champion against a 22-year-old Brazilian who missed the latter part of 2018 with a back injury and surgery.

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