Maria Sharapova sends defending champion Caroline Wozniacki packing at Australian Open

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"I haven't played many matches in the previous year against top players so it was really rewarding to win that last set", she said.

"I just really like winning", the 31-year-old said.

Maria Sharapova scorched the Rod Laver Arena to eliminate defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the third round in Melbourne last night.

Federer will continue his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round on Sunday.

After Cornet won the second set on her third set point, major victor Williams was relentless in the third to clinch the match in 2 hours, 18 minutes.

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The five-time Grand Slam victor dumped the Dane from the tournament in a three-set thriller 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to claim her biggest scalp since completing a drugs ban in 2017. The Czech veteran reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2015 but is unseeded this year as he returns from a back injury that nearly forced his retirement last year.

"I saw her match today a little bit, she played really well", Kerber said of the Aussie. Sharapova, who was positioned perfectly to lose the opening set, made a stunning comeback and won the next five games with the help of 16 winners to register an extraordinary victory.

It set up a potential glamour clash with Maria Sharapova, who plays later.

The 17-year-old American is the youngest player still in contention in the women's draw at Melbourne Park and has dropped just seven games against seeded players in the last two rounds.

Amanda Anisimova has beaten 11th-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

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"But, yeah, I thought it was, as usual, as expected, a physical match".

REIGNING champion Caroline Wozniacki has strolled into the Australian Open third round, defeating Swede Johanna Larsson for the loss of just four games. He served out the match in the next game, winning when Basilashvili hit a forehand into the net.

The tie was viewed as one of the most high-profile clashes of the round, with 2008 victor Sharapova posing a major threat to Wozniacki's chances.

Wozniacki will walk into the match as the defending Champion. She rode a wave of momentum to take the first set and then repeated the pattern by coming from 3-0 down to level the second.

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