Angelique Kerber crushes Maria Sharapova in ex-champs showdown at Australian Open

Angelo Anderson
January 22, 2018

Simona Halep survived an almighty scare as American Lauren Davis pushed her all the way in a titanic three-setter which lasted 3 hours and 44 minutes.

"Everybody who knows me, they know that I never give up and I am always coming back.
I had an fantastic run in Brisbane", she said. I will have to play my best tennis. She served five aces in six attempts to open the match - four in the first game and another on the second point of her next service game.

The fast-improving 20-year-old Japanese beat many Australians' hope for future home champion, Ashleigh Barty, 6-4, 6-2. I think it was a good decision to do it. So this is for me much easier. "I really do believe that I can; otherwise I wouldn't be here". The chance to win one in her absence seems to have come and gone for the moment. "It was very hard". I'm forced to be very cautious of what happens day-to-day.

Davis did everything possible to stay in the match, keeping long rallies alive to put pressure on Halep.

"I'm so happy we have 2018 and not 2017 anymore, I'm so happy right now".

"I thought, it is going to be a big challenge for both of us".

"Every point was just super long".

"But I'm very pleased with where my game is at at the moment". Like the rise to Slam stratosphere, her crash was also sudden and drastic.

The Spanish world number one has been in imperious form, ruthlessly dismantling his first three opponents as he sets his sights on a 17th Grand Slam title.

Ferrell has taken centre stage during the Australian Open in Melbourne, including interviewing Federer after the Swiss maestro's first-round win over Aljaz Bedene on Tuesday. The 2016 champion routed Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 in the third-round match to extend her winning streak to 12 matches, including the Sydney International title last week.

The Austrian next meets the aptly-named Tennys Sandgren, who had never won a grand slam match before arriving in Australia and won the battle of the unseeded players 5-7 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7/5) against Maximilian Marterer.

The hugely anticipated match-up of the only two Australian Open winners and Grand Slam champions left in the women's draw got top billing at the Rod Laver Arena.

'I knew it would be tough, Maria is a champion, and I just tried to play my game'.

The Russian, back in the top 50 after 15 months on the sidelines, had her progress at the Australian Open ruthlessly snuffed out by 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in the third round Saturday.

Three times the top seed served for a place in the fourth round at 5-4, 6-5 and 8-7 and three times Davis broke back.

The 32-year Czech eliminated the 12th-seeded Argentine 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in 2hr 16min on Hisense Arena.

After two comfortable wins the five-time major victor was growing in confidence, but she had no answers for Kerber, who is on a 12-match winning streak in a kind of comeback of her own after a sliding down the rankings past year.

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

Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for only the second time when she rolled past Agnieszka Radwanska.

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