Friday, 22 June, 2018

Australian Open: Sharapova happy with improvement

Caroline Wozniacki raises her arms in jubilation after surviving a huge scare against Jana Fett on Rod Laver Arena Caroline Wozniacki raises her arms in jubilation after surviving a huge scare against Jana Fett on Rod Laver Arena
Becky Salazar | 21 January, 2018, 01:02

After he claimed his 11th round of 16 appearance at the Australian Open, Djokovic said: "Obviously for me it's taking it one match at a time but I have to be more humble with my expectations as I haven't played in the last six months.

I think I deserved to smile out there after that victory".

Throughout the game, the Russian star was struggling from the outset which the 2016 Australian Open champion used to her advantage and aggressively threw strokes at her opponent.

Halep has been travelling under the radar somewhat at Melbourne Park as she works her way towards a maiden Grand Slam title. Chung advanced when Mischa retired with a viral illness while trailing 6-2, 4-1.

Despite the convincing scoreline he was not at his best on Margaret Court Arena and was often frustrated on court.

Maria Sharapova wanted to test her level against the leading players but found the answer a rather brutal one as she took just four games off a rejuvenated Angelique Kerber in the third round of the Australian Open.

The five-time grand slam champion lost to Sevastova at the US Open past year and won a tight thriller in Beijing, leaving her pleased with a much more convincing victory on a hot day in Melbourne. The reigning Australia Open victor swept aside Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 in their last-64 clash. Juan Martin del Potro, the No. 12 seed, will be in action against No. 19 Tomas Berdych.

Thiem has now reached the round of 16 or better at each of his last six Grand Slam tournaments.

Cornet took a medical timeout and had her pulse and blood pressure checked during her match with German Elise Mertens after complaining of shortness of breath. But, like I said on court, I would back myself playing during the daytime also.

Sharapova, who split meetings with the sticky, tricky Sevastova a year ago, their previous encounter going over three hours, appeared to be running away with it this time, closing out the first set in 23 minutes.

Halep saved three match points in the 22nd game of the third set at 0-40 and Davis saved five break points in the 23rd game in the 3 hour, 45-minute match.

Hyeon Chung, who has beat Zverev today, a big win for him, someone that is very disciplined, one of the NextGens.

She will next face French eighth seed Caroline Garcia, who was too strong for Belarussian Alaksandra Sasnovich.

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