Australian Open: Kerber thumps Sharapova in third round

first_imgAngelique Kerber continued her stupendous run in 2018 as she beat 2006 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 to enter the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Saturday.Sharapova’s hopes of a title-winning return to the Australian Open were crushed by the German in just one hour and four minutes as she completely dominated the clash of the former champions ended.Kerber had warmed up to the tournament in the best of manner with win in Sydney International and Kerber has brought the same confidence and power to the Melbourne Park. Maria Sharapova struggled against Angelique Kerber’s powerful forehand throughout their third round match at Australian Open. (Photo: Reuters)Under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, Kerber’s forehand did all the damage for Sharapova, who is still trying to find her feet in the women’s singles after a 15-month doping ban.Kerber and Sharapova were the only two former champions left in the women’s draw this year and gave the feel of a showpiece final rather than a third-round clash.However, Sharapova could never really find her stride against Kerber, whose deep strokes and on-the-line hitting made Sharapova run all around the court.ALSO WATCHThe match did not even start well for the Russian as she lost the first game of the match and Kerber dominated ever since.Sharapova ran all around the court as Kerber controlled all the rallies and the Russian either hit the nets or way over the line.Without much trouble, Kerber strolled throught the first set, where Sharapova could hold just one [email protected] must have a dinner reservation…Takes the first set 6-1 in under 30 minutes.#AusOpen— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2018The second game began in the same manner where Kerber ran to a 2-0 lead but Sharapova pulled off a brief fightback and broke back Kerber to make it 1-2.Thereafter, she held her own serve and levelled the set 2-2.It looked like the match may go the distance as Sharapova began to find her angled forehands and started pulling off strong serves, only for Kerber to dig deep and force her way out again.Sharapova’s unforced errors spelled her doom once more as Kerber raced off to the win and advanced to the Round of 16.Kerber will next be up against either of Hsieh Su-wei of Agnieszka Radwanska.last_img