Kerber beats Sharapova in 3rd round in Australia

Kerber beats Sharapova in 3rd round in Australia

Maria Sharapova is relieved to have come through the Australian Open fit and healthy and now hopes to kick on following her disappointing fourth-round defeat to Angelique Kerber.

Sharapova, who won the Melbourne Park title as a 20-year-old in 2008, missed last year's tournament because of a 15-month doping ban and is still ranked a lowly 48th in the world as she continues her comeback. But Kerber, who plummeted down the rankings previous year after finishing 2016 at No.1, broke Sharapova's serve in the first game of the match and that set the tone for what followed.

Kerber has turned over a new leaf in a number of ways, parting ways with long-time coach Torben Beltz in November, the man who guided her to two grand slam titles and the world number one ranking in 2016 during an eight-year partnership.

"I learned a lot from the last 24 months. Everybody who knows me knows I never give up, I always come back".

The Russian simply could not find the consistency to match Kerber's excellence and the 21st seed did not falter, raising her arms in the air with glee after Sharapova pulled a backhand well wide, her 26th unforced error.

Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to set up a fourth-round match against Tennys Sandgren, who continued his career-best run by beating Maximilian Marterer 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

"I knew before the match it would be a tough one". "I think I can be more consistent", Sharapova, who defeated Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in the second round, was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. It was a win, said the French Open finalist, that might have slipped through her fingers in years past.

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After saving four break points at 10-10, Davis looked poised to clinch victory when she moved to 0-40 on the Halep serve in the next game only for the Romanian to fight back. I just kept believing that it's not over, even if she's leading a little bit more.

It took Fabio Fognini almost eight years, but he's finally avenged a fourth-round loss to Julien Benneteau at Wimbledon. She's always risky, especially at the grand slams.

"There's a lot of things I need to improve on".

INCREDIBLE WARRIORS GO THROUGH PAIN BARRIER: Davis was twice treated for a toenail injury in the latter stages while Halep, who had an ankle problem in the opening rounds, was also limping and holding her upper leg.

"I really try to enjoy every single moment right now". I'm just looking more about me, like how I will prepare, just playing my game from the first point, just, of course, trying to do my best.

Federer will face unseeded Hungarian Marton Fuscovics in the round after dispatching 29th seed Gasquet 6-2 7-5 6-4 on Saturday evening in just under two hours.

Garcia will need to recover from her three-setter to face No. 17 seed Madison Keys, who was a 6-3, 6-4 victor over Ana Bogdan.

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