Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Maria Sharapova THRASHES Anastasija Sevastova to stake Australian Open title claim

Maria Sharapova THRASHES Anastasija Sevastova to stake Australian Open title claim

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So prior to their Melbourne Park rematch, former champion Sharapova said she was primed and ready for another drawn out dog-fight against the 14th seed.

Sharapova barely missed a beat in her first match in Melbourne since a failed doping test here in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from tennis.

"When she broke me back in the second set it was like "oh, it's going to be three sets again", said Sharapova, who dominated the winners' count 30-6.

"I had really tough matches against her".

Djokovic, the six-time Australian Open champion, cut an emotional figure after the game, embracing the crowd for their support and revealed that the long lay-off was a hard period for him as he had never been out for more than two months in his career. "I'm looking forward to playing against her". Slamming such reports while addressing the media post defeating American Donald Young on Tuesday, Novak claimed, "I respect your freedom and your decisions to do that but not much of what you wrote is true".

The five-time major victor could next meet No 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat her at the US Open past year in her return to a Grand Slam to tournament. Sharapova hit a backhand long to give the break right back as the Latvian held for 2-1 in a small turning point for this match. I didn't get carried away by anything, even though a couple of times in the match things could have maybe gone a different way.

"I did the job in two, and that's not something I did towards the end of a year ago".

Jane Fonda is recovering from cancer surgery
I just wanted to explain it. "I just had a cancer taken from my lip", Fonda explained. "I don't normally go around like this". Jane recently made headlines after an awkward on-air exchange with a television host.

I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing.

Sixth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova had to work a little harder, but also won in straight sets against Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg.

Sharapova mixed brute force with superb touch to power her way into the third round where she'll face the victor of the match between German 21st seed Angelique Kerber and Croatia's Donna Vekic. "I don't know what is going on". I think it will be a good match.

The former world number one created headlines by reportedly demanding a dramatic pay rise for players on the ATP tour.

Madison Keys reversed a trend, becoming the only one of the four American women who contested the U.S. Open semifinals in September to reach the second round in Australia.

The 29-year-old German will meet the victor of Donna Vekic and Nao Hibino in the second round as she seeks her third grand slam title. Halep had it at the end of the year, and her win at Shenzhen two weeks ago ensured she'd stay there for the Australian Open.

Eighth seed Caroline Garcia survived a tense clash with teenager Marketa Vondrousova, winning 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 8-6, but ninth seed Johanna Konta fell to lucky loser Bernarda Pera.

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