Australian Open: Maria Sharapova defeats fiercest critic Caroline Wozniacki in feisty contest

Australian Open: Maria Sharapova defeats fiercest critic Caroline Wozniacki in feisty contest

So what is bedtime? "Sleep by 10:30. My boyfriend challenges it quite a lot, but 10:30 is my time".

Next up, she is likely to face a resurgent Maria Sharapova, a 6-0 6-0 victor in the first round, who faces another Swede, Rebecca Peterson, late on Wednesday night.

"Some days you lose", she said.

Second seed Angelique Kerber will be glad to have this one behind her.

Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki's icy relationship was on full display in their third-round match at the Australian Open.

"In tennis, you're one on one, and you battle and you do your best".

Over at adjoining Margaret Court Arena, Tsitsipas took the opening set 6-3 against Nikoloz Basilashvili but the Georgian player won the second by the same score. Simply, she does what it takes.

The comfortable victory was a ideal way for the 2016 champion to mark her 31st birthday. I haven't played a lot of matches in the past year, especially against top players. I like Nick. I like the way he plays and all that.

Kerber may be a match too far for Birrell but she will not be the only player to feel that this tournament.

But the 31-year-old Russian has been in sizzling form at this year's tournament, showing glimpses of her ruthless best in dropping only three games in the first two rounds.

This should be a close match which I am predicting Caroline Wozniacki to win.

It was, however, not enough to contain the Dane, who struck 19 winners to 12 unforced errors, while Larsson, who struggled to find her range throughout the match, hit 13 winners and made 26 unforced errors.

Wozniacki said she endeavoured to maintain an attacking edge to her game. "I'm really happy and proud of the way I competed today and I'm into the fourth round". I mean, I think that speaks for itself in terms of her game, her confidence, everything else.

Sharapova refused to brand the victory extra special because of that, saying: "I just really like winning".

"I'm delighted", he said.

In the 20 tournaments that Sharapova has played since her return to competition nearly two years ago, she may have won just one title, but has racked up a number of notches, noted names against who she has come out playing her biggest game.

"It feels awesome. I just felt at home straight away as I got here, it just felt fantastic to be back, " Wozniacki said.

"I am feeling relaxed considering I hadn't won a match here in I don't know how long".

Sharapova displayed solid and powerful tennis in the match decider to claim a 6-3 win, reaching the second week in Melbourne for the first time since 2016.

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