Maria Sharapova cruised through the first two rounds in the Australian Open in straight sets. The Russian beauty dropped one set in the third round against Lauren Davis to advance to the round of 16.
The game between a rising star and an accomplished campaigner witnessed a 27-shot rally which forced Roger Federer to jump out of his chair in excitement. Young and promising American Lauren Davis snatched the second set in tie-breakers. But Sharapova’s experience paid off as she swept Davis in the final set to move on. World No 5 Sharapova won 6-1, 7-6, 6-0.
The Russian defeated Nao Hibino and Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets in the first two rounds.
This was the first meeting between rising star Davis and accomplished performer Sharapova. The Russian though has struggled with her service in the recent past. Davis made the most out of it in the second set, but she was blown away by the former Wimbledon champion in the first and third sets.
Sharapova played the finals of the Australian Open last season. The Russian star is well-known for winning matches in her tempo. But she falters occasionally, like she did in the second set against Davis on Friday.
The Russian superstar is eyeing her fifth Grand Slam title in this edition, banking on her forehand and backhand shots.