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GETTYMaria Sharapova beat Tatjana Maria in straight sets
"Angie is already one step ahead of everybody else because nobody else knows what it's like to win a Grand Slam", said the Australian Rennae Stubbs, a television analyst and former player.
Flying under the radar, the 17th seed has surrendered just 16 games on her way to the fourth round after beating Romania's Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4. The final set took 2 hour, 22 minutes and Halep won on her first match point when Davis hit a forehand wide along the sideline. "I learnt a lot from the last 24 months".
Top seed Simona Halep almost lost the first set to teenage wild card Destanee Aiava and then suffered a nasty injury before recovering to win 7-6 (5) 6-1 in the first round of the Australian Open. That is why Grand Slams, with a rest day in between, in some ways offers her the best chance of getting some serious momentum going. Kerber was able to set the tone in the first 29 minutes and later went with the flow while racing the through six straight games.
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Without much trouble, Kerber strolled throught the first set, where Sharapova could hold just one serve.
Once No. 1, she is closing in on the top 40 again.
A change in her back-up team, to hook up with Jo Konta's former coach Wim Fissette, seems to have turned the clock back two years.
But the German is wary of Sharapova. "She took a lot more risks than I did". For Sharapova the tournament two years ago represented other things, for it was here that she gave a urine sample which proved positive for Meldonium.
The maturing Australian 22-year-old dispatched French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last round and now faces third seed Dimitrov, who has struggled so far. Aside from Sharapova's win over Halep in the opening round of the 2017 US Open - her first major after returning from her suspension - Sharapova has struggled to maintain any type of consistency against quality opponents.
"There's a lot to build from". I think with that, she played extremely well.
I have so many great memories from this court.
"The good thing about grand slams, you always have a day off [to use] for recovery and training ... and obviously get myself in shape for the next one".
The former world number one was playing his first official match since retiring during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych last year with elbow problems that forced him to miss the rest of the season.
"I definitely take great examples of a Federer or a Nadal or a Serena and Venus that have continued to have the motivation that they do at this age", said Sharapova who turns 31 in April. So long. I never played the third set so long. Chung advanced when Mischa retired with a viral illness while trailing 6-2, 4-1. Hsieh Su-Wei, who upset third seed Garbine Muguruza in the previous round, produced another upset by beating 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 7-5.
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