Maria Sharapova Races Into Australian Open Fourth Round

Maria Sharapova needed just one hour and one minute to annihilate Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas 6-1, 6-1 at the Rod Laver Arena on Friday.  Sharapova is through to the Australian Open fourth round after hitting 22 winners, but will be somewhat concerned by her 19 unforced errors and four double faults.  On both counts she was worse that Diyas.

Third seed Simona Halep was made to work hard for her third round win against Bethanie Mattek-Sands.  The Romanian needed 92 minutes to defeat the American 6-4, 7-5 at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.  Earlier, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard secured her fourth round berth after a 7-5, 6-0 beating of France’s Caroline Garcia.

Bouchard needed 56 minutes for the first set but just 28 more minutes to wrap it up on Rod Laver Arena.  Garcia committed a criminal 38 unforced errors in comparison to the seventh seed’s seven.  Meanwhile tenth seed Ekaterina Makarova also progressed after a 6-4, 6-4 win over Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in 68 minutes at the Margaret Court Arena.