Jan 18, 2013
The No.2 – ranked Sharapova defeated Venus Williams in a third-round match in Melbourne on Friday.
She will take on Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium for a place in the quarterfinals.
Maria is playing 3rd match on Rod Laver Arena tomorrow! I assume it would start around 5pm-7pm?
3rd match is late afternoon, yeah. StreamHunter.eu expects the match about 4:00 AM GMT (London). thus 5:00 in Western Europe & 23:00 Sat, (11pm) in Eastern US.
YYCast portals are best. HDCast maybe slightly clearer but may crash your Shockwave.
Just woke up and saw the score , game , set and match !!! Was there a serving problem for Maria. Only 48 of 1st serves in ?? Don't know if I'm pleased with Makarova. Maria doesn't like to play against Russia girlsand she is a left hander. Let's see what that match will bring. That girl looks strong !! We are getting closer and closer :)
Still a great game!!! 6-1 6-0 are amazing results!
But I agree, I think I was a bit disappointed with her serving a bit today, as 4 double faults appeared..which seems to be a bit much to me, compared to her last 3 games. :/
Next game against a Russian... Think she can still do it anyhow!! I totally thought she would be playing Kerber though!
KEEP IT UP MARIA!!!
Now Sharapova will face Russia’s Yekaterina Makarova, who beat Angelique Kerber (Germany) 7:5, 6:4.
The tournament’s prize fund is over $11.6 million.
Jan 20, 2013
Second seed Maria Sharapova delivered a crushing victory over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
The Russian demolished Flipkens 6-1, 6-0 and has now dropped just five games in her first four matches in Melbourne.
“I was making a few more mistakes than I would have liked in the beginning,” Sharapova said on the tournament website.
“After I held at 2-1, I really started making her play a little bit more. Started really getting under the ball and being aggressive and just had a little bit more energy which really helped me and I carried that throughout the match.”
Sharapova’s quarterfinal opponent is fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in a rematch from the same stage of last year’s tournament.
Sharapova won that encounter 6-2, 6-3 and has never lost to the 19th seed in four meetings to date, but said she refused to look beyond her next match.
“It’s not about waiting to see where you are in the semis or finals, it's about who's ahead of you and my next match is against Makarova. I have to do the right things to beat her,” she said.
Makarova upset a higher-seeded player for the second round in a row Sunday, beating fifth-seeded German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4 in an aggressive performance in which she hit 32 winners.
“I really happy that I beat Kerber today because I lost three times last year against her,” Makarova said on the tournament website. “It was, I think, perfect. Not all the match perfect, but most of the match.”
Makarova added she was keen for revenge over Sharapova.
“We played a lot of times, and I never beat her. So I'm really interested to play against her. She's in good form now, in good shape,” she said.
Another player to reach the quarterfinals was China’s sixth seed Li Na, who disposed of eighth-seeded German Julia Goerges 7-6(6), 6-1.
The key to Li’s victory was Goerges missing a set point in the first set, the Chinese player said.
“I was laughing a little bit. I was happy I'm still on the first set, you know. After the first set, I think she had a breakdown a little bit in the mind,” Li said on the tournament website.
Li goes on to play either fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland or Serbian 13th seed Ana Ivanovic.
This looks as a gigantic "FED-CUP"
RUSSIA vs. Rest of the World
Maria Sharapova continues her impressive run at the 2013 Australian Open, with a clinical 6-1, 6-0 defeat of unseeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens. The second seeded Russian will now face compatriot Ekaterina Makarova after she upset fifth seed, German Angelique Kerber.Bye Flipper; u can leave this GS proud and move up once more in the rankings:)
Maria Sharapova has lost only five games in four matches on the way to the Australian Open quarter-finals, a record at the season's first major that seems to be immaterial to the 25-year-old Russian.The No2-ranked Sharapova beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-0 on Sunday to continue a dominant and unparalleled run. "Well I'm certainly happy to be playing this well but … it only gets tougher from here," said Sharapova, who is playing her first tournament of 2013 after withdrawing from an exhibition match in South Korea and a warm-up event at Brisbane because of an injured right collarbone.Steffi Graf conceded only eight games in her opening four matches here in 1989, when she won the second of her three straight Australian Open titles. Monica Seles matched that mark. Sharapova has been even more dominant. She started with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins for 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.The reigning French Open champion is showing no signs of trouble with the collarbone in Melbourne, where she last won the title in 2008. "The year that I won here I don't think there were many games that I lost, but I don't think it was five or six," she said, reflecting on a run to the title where she beat three players who'd been ranked No. 1. "Toughest draw in my career."It hasn't been as tough this year, but she next plays fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, who ousted fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-4. Sharapova beat Makarova in the quarter-finals here last year on her way to the final, which she lost in straight sets to Victoria Azarenka.She did struggle at times against Flipkens, needing more than 11 minutes to hold serve in the fourth game, when she served three double-faults and had to fend off three break points. "I didn't start the match really great," Sharapova said. "I was facing a different type of opponent today and I was making a few more mistakes than I would have liked in the beginning. But after I held at 2-1, I really started making her play a little bit … and I carried that throughout the match."
Congrats! but inspite the win, her 1st serve % is very low and I'm sure that her team is aware of this situation. It'd be tough from this point one.
Best of luck Maria,
You are on the right track!!