MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – No. 4 Maria Sharapova of Russia had to regroup after dropping six games in a row to lose the first set to defeat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 3-6 6-2, 6-3 to make the Australian Open quarterfinals on Monday night.
“Well, the first three games were good,” said Sharapova, “then it went south for a bit, and then I got it together in the second. The third was a battle. No doubt, she played some really good tennis. I think the level was pretty high. You know, she had some opportunities and some breakpoints. You know, I came up with a good couple of second serves, you know, won that game, and felt pretty confident after that.
“Yeah, obviously a few ups and down, but really happy to be through and a step further than last year.
“Well, she’s a really solid player. She has a big game. Big weapons. Serves really well. You know, started returning well, but that wasn’t working for me. Got that back. But, you know, returning’s obviously really important aga