Found January 18, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
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Sharapova shone under the Rod Laver light as she defeated a fellow major champion. The most anticipated match of the first week in the women’s draw, the collision between Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams turned into a proclamation of the former’s brilliance rather than the suspenseful epic for which many had hoped.  Superior in every area to the seven-time major champion, the career Grand Slam holder notched a 6-1 6-3 victory that echoed her dazzling efforts from the previous two rounds against a much more dangerous foe. Establishing the staccato tone of the rallies from the outset, both women swung for early winners rather than constructing points.  Each of them struggled on serve initially, Venus starting the match with a double fault and Sharapova missing a series of first serves.  With a barrage of forehands that kept her opponent off balance, the second seed started the match by breaking serve.  Not subdued a whit, the American nearly broke back directly by cracking explosive...
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