Kerber beats Sharapova in 3rd round; Halep in long-haul win

Kerber beats Sharapova in 3rd round; Halep in long-haul win

Kerber beats Sharapova in 3rd round; Halep in long-haul win

Sharapova struggled on serve during the match, winning just 38 and 47 percent of the first and second delivery points, respectively, which opened the door for Kerber to break her serve five times. However, the Russian did have a moment of reprieve when she broke back to level matters at 3-3.

Unseeded Russian Sharapova, who plummeted down the rankings past year after finishing the previous campaign at number one, An error-prone Sharapova double-faulted on the way to dropping serve to trail 0-2 in the second set.

Kerber took the first set in just 29 minutes, displaying her trademark athleticism and forcing Sharapova into a number of erratic shots.

That fourth-round defeat to Coco Vandeweghe at Melbourne Park last year was only a hint at the disastrous season about to unfold for the recently-turned 30-year-old.

"I'm nearly dead", the tenacious Romanian said after the incredible battle, in which Davis lost a toenail and Halep served for the match four times. That is why Grand Slams, with a rest day in between, in some ways offers her the best chance of getting some serious momentum going.

"She has played very well in the last two games here".

Maria Sharapova says she is inspired by the likes of thirtysomethings Serena Williams and Roger Federer to get back to the top after her doping ban.

"I look forward to these matches".

'In the first set, I didn't return well.

The win was a relief for Djokovic, who says he's still not 100 percent after six months off the tour with an injured right elbow and who lost in a second-round shocker here previous year.

"I came out here trying to enjoy every point". It's a lot of things that take time.

The Serbian took a medical time-out during Saturday night's second set for treatment of an apparent hip complaint, but regrouped to claim a 6-2 6-3 6-3 victory in two hours and 21 minutes. "I think I can be more consistent", Sharapova, who defeated Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in the second round, was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. We played in Stuttgart.

Kerber, who had a miserable time coping with the demands of being world No 1 past year, has hired Wim Fissette, the coach Jo Konta parted with at the end of last season.

"I feel really happy, but also kind of sorry, because I know you guys really wanted her to win", Osaka told the Melbourne crowd after eliminating the Aussie Barty.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were nearly as ruthless in their straight-sets wins Saturday night, which is hardly surprising for two players with a combined 31 Grand Slam titles.

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.

In an epic encounter between two of the best movers on the tour, it was as unpredictably brilliant as the Sharapova match was a non-event.

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