Sharapova, Radwanska advance; Stosur out
By Dennis Passa ,APMELBOURNE, Australia -- For someone with precious little match conditioning heading into the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova didn't look like someone concerned about any supposed imbalance Wednesday.
January 17, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The second-seeded Sharapova beat Japan's Misaki Doi 6-0, 6-0 in just 47 minutes, her second consecutive match at Melbourne Park where her opponent failed to win a game. Doi won only 15 points.
Last year's Australian Open runner-up pulled out of the Brisbane International with a right collarbone injury two weeks ago and had not played a competitive match this year until her first-round “double-bagel” win over fellow Russian Olga Puchkova on Monday.
She was the first woman to achieve that feat in consecutive matches at a Grand Slam since Wendy Turnbull at the Australian Open in 1985.
“I've been playing really aggressive and doing the right things,” Sharapova said. “It's not easy to be up so much because you can have a few let-downs. You just have to try to concentrate. My job is to make it as easy as possible.”
Sharapova might find the competition tougher in the next round, where she could meet Venus Williams. The older of the Williams sisters beat Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3 in the match preceding the Djokovic-Harrison encounter at Rod Laver Arena, which will be the likely venue for her big matchup Friday against Sharapova.
The final match of the day session Wednesday on the center court was a disappointing one for the home crowd, and for Australia's top-ranked female player. But not an entirely unexpected one. No. 9-seeded Samantha Stosur, who has spoken of her anxiety of playing in front of her home crowd, served twice for the match but double-faulted on match point to lose 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to China's Zheng Jie.
Russia's Maria Sharapova hits a return to Japan's Misaki Doi during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Wednesday, Jan. 16.(AP/AFP)
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