In Melbourne, she has mowed down opponents as if to wipe off the haunting memories of 2017 in a flash.
As for how far she can go in the tournament, the 2008 champion feels she still has a distance to travel to rediscover grand slam-winning form. The latter leads her lower-ranked opponent 4-3 when it comes to head-to-head meetings, having won their last two meetings. But Sharapova, whatever anyone thinks of her, is both a warrior and a worker. "We know it can be very hot here in Australia". The rationale: this will breed more first round upsets and more competitive matches. Her aggressive, but ever in control, baseline painted Sharapova in a corner.
The risk, of course, is that Kerber starts hearing that chorus so often that she begins to think too hard again instead of just reacting and hustling and letting her beautiful game flow.
Monfils seemed on his way to break the spell as he seized on the three break points he had to seal the first set, which saw his serve broken twice.
Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for only the second time when she rolled past Agnieszka Radwanska. There is no doubt that all eyes will be on the Kerber-Sharapova match this weekend.
The final set lasted 142 minutes before Halep finally served out the match at the fourth attempt.
"On a day like today, what do you do - do you stop all matches?" the world No.2 said.
In the end analysis, the Russian had made 27 unforced errors to Kerber's seven.
Given the wobbles endured by the top seeds this week and the wide open nature of the draw, Kerber is fast establishing herself as the title favourite. "So long. I never played a third set so long".
Seeking a record seventh title in Melbourne, Djokovic is set to take on Chung Hyeon of South Korea, who stunned Germany's Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.
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Not under the circumstances I was hoping to (reach the final). "I don't know exactly how he returns and how he serves". Sandgren denied in Melbourne that he supported far-right figures and said who he followed on Twitter "doesn't matter".
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'Fire and Fury' hits local bookstores Friday
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Report: Chelsea, Roma agree terms for Edin Dzeko transfer
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