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Maria Sharapova beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-0 on Sunday to continue a dominant and unparalleled run to the Australian Open quarterfinals.
The No. 2-ranked Sharapova conceded only five games en route to the quarterfinals, a record at the season's first major.
Steffi Graf conceded only eight games in her opening four matches in 1989, when she won the second of her three straight titles in Melbourne. Monica Seles matched that number twice.
Sharapova had a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins in her first two rounds -- the first time that has happened at a major since 1985 -- and then beat seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 in the third round.
She next plays fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, who ousted fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4, in a rematch of their quarterfinal here last year.
''Actually I really want to play against Maria because I lost here last year in the quarters,'' Makarova said. ''Now I'm pretty confident and I like my game...
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Maria Sharapova's victory over Venus Williams in the Australian Open was by no means an upset. Sharapova entered the match ranked No. 2 in the world, while Williams ranked 25th. Still, Sharapova seemed really jazzed after cruising past her American opponent in straight sets on Friday.More from the USA TODAY:It was a routine third-round win for Sharapova over an aging opponent...
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,...
Maria Sharapova defeated Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 in a lopsided match-up between Grand Slam champions on Friday night to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Sharapova and Williams have 11 majors combined - four for the Russian, and seven for Williams.
The 32-year-old Williams broke Sharapova as the Russian was serving for the victory at 6-1, 5-1 to keep the match alive...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 20, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Kirsten Flipkens became the next victim in Maria Sharapova’s mission for a second Australian Open title on Sunday, the second seed demolishing her Belgian opponent in straight sets 6-1, 6-0 to progress to a quarterfinal clash with fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
Sharapova was clinical in disposing of Flipkens...
Maria Sharapova send Venus Williams home from Australian Open
Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams played their third round match, Friday, in Melbourne at the Australian Open.
Needless to say, it was a quick match, lasting only 79 minutes.
Sharapova prevailed, and the final was 6-1, 6-3.
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Marcos Baghdatis reacts after a point during his match with David Ferrer
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