Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Caroline Wozniacki's face showed how much it hurt to lose to Sharapova

Caroline Wozniacki's face showed how much it hurt to lose to Sharapova

"I haven't played many matches in the previous year, especially against top players and these are the ones I train for, so it's really rewarding to win". "I'm definitely not walking around thinking I have experience and think they're just going to give it to me".

Maria Sharapova stunned defending champion Caroline Wozniacki to sweep into the Australian Open last 16 Friday and join ice men Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who clinically disposed of their opponents.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, going where no Greek man has gone before at the majors but is still feeling right at home.

She held serve in the next game to lead 5-3, then broke Wozniacki's service again in the last game, clinching the match on her second match point when Wozniacki's backhand return went wide.

They spent time together at Eisenbud's wedding late a year ago - although not that much. You know, in my head I should have won that first set.

Their match was mired in some tension following Wozniacki's comments on scheduling preferences given to Sharapova during her return to the WTA Tour. A third round loss to Russian great Maria Sharapova reveals that the Danish tennis star is yet to truly find her rhythm in the early weeks of the year.

Ninth seed Kiki Bertens, who raced through the rankings a year ago after winning three titles, was whipped in three sets by Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Amanda Anisimova of USA gestures after winning her Australian Open 2019 Women's Singles match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus
Amanda Anisimova celebrates her win

Amanda Anisimova has beaten 11th-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. "I certainly have a tough match ahead of me".

Fifth seed Sloane Stephens got past Croatian Petra Martic in two tight sets 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5).

Sharapova will next play the 15th-seeded Australian Ashleigh Barty who beat Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-1 for a place in the quarter-final. He is winning a lot of matches.

In a physical match lasting two-and-a-half-hours, Sharapova, 31, toppled the reigning champion with an emphatic performance characterised by gritty determination and powerful groundstrokes.

The second set followed a similar pattern before Wozniacki took advantage of Sharapova's sloppy serving late on to drag the match into a decider.

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.

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