(January 18, 2013) The eagerly anticipated match-up did not live up to its billing on Friday as No. 2 Maria Sharapova demolished No. 25 seed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 on Friday night to gain the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Sharapova was quick out of the gate running up the score to 4-0 before Williams got on the board to stop Sharapova’s consecutive game streak in Melbourne. The 28 straight games for the Russian sets an Open Era record for consecutive games won to open a Grand Slam, surpassing Wendy Turnbull’s mark back at the 1985 Australian Open.
Williams made it more competitive in the second set, breaking Sharapova as she was serving for the match at 5-1. Williams held to get within 3-5.
Sharapova closed out the 79 minute match with an ace followed by a quadruple fist pump and a shriek in celebration.
Sharapova commented on her celebration: “Well, I lost a couple ‑‑ I was up 5‑1, down Love‑40, and it was swinging back and forth for those couple of games. Then I w...