Second seed Maria Sharapova remains on course for a second Australian Open title after a 6-3, 6-2 win over Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard on Tuesday. The Rod Laver Arena battle lasted 78 minutes and the Russian was made to work hard. Sharapova hit 19 winners whereas Bouchard landed 13.
The Canadian committed 30 unforced errors to the world number two’s 18, but it was her 29% of points won on her second serve that ultimately brought about her undoing. Sharapova will face Ekaterina Makarova next. Her fellow Russian upset third seed Simona Halep in 69 minutes on Rod Laver 6-4, 6-0.
Makarova did not out-ace Halep, nor hit more winners. However the Romanian could only land 56% of her first serves, win 54% of her first serve points and just 36% on her second serve and this was never going to be good enough as she bowed out at the quarter-final stage in Melbourne.
In the junior girls’ doubles South Africa’s Katie Poluta and Indonesia’s Deria Nur Haliza were thrashed 6-2, 6-0 by Czech duo Mariam Kolodziejova and Marketa Vondrousova in just 37 minutes.