Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, the only two prior champions left in the draw, will face each in the third round at the Australian Open.
Former champion Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic to advance to the third round of the Australian Open and a match against Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova beat 14th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets Thursday, while ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost to American Bernarda Pera.
Jan 18 (Reuters) - Key statistics from Russian Maria Sharapova's 6-1 7-6(4) victory over Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday (prefix denotes seeding): Sharapova 14-Sevastova Aces 4 1 Double faults 4 1 Break points won 5/6 3/4 Net points won 12/13 1/2 Winners 30 6 Unforced
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova suffered a late wobble in the blazing centre court heat before easing past 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4) to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
Maria Sharapova ticked off more items on her "to do" list at the Australian Open, returning to center court and accounting for the only person who has beaten her at a Grand Slam since her comeback from a doping ban
Maria Sharapova is through to the third round of the Australian Open on her return to Melbourne after beating Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets. Sharapova won 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) on Thursday.
Maria Sharapova has advanced to the third round, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) as the temperatures begin to rise at the Australian Open
Maria Sharapova was set to play Anastasija Sevastova to open Day 4 on an expected day of scorching temperatures at the Australian Open
Jan 17 (Reuters) - A look at the records of Russia's Maria Sharapova and Latvian Anastasija Sevastova before their second-round match at the Australian Open on Thursday (prefix number denotes seeding).
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova returns to Rod Laver Arena for the first time since her drug ban for a second round match against Anastasija Sevastova on Thursday as players, officials and fans alike prepare for sweltering heat at the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic on Tuesday ensured there were all kinds of successful comebacks on Day 2 of the Australian Open. Sharapova barely missed a beat in her first match at the Australian Open since a failed doping test in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from tennis....
Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, the only former champions in the women's draw, both moved on to the second round.
MIKE DICKSON IN MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova’s first match back at the Australian Open turned out to be against someone who made the scoreboard read simply ‘Maria Sharapova’.
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Former champion Maria Sharapova enjoyed a winning return to the Australian Open as she wore down Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1 6-4 on Tuesday to take her place in the second round.
MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Former champion Maria Sharapova will not care less what reception she receives when she plays her first Australian Open match since completing a doping ban on Tuesday, according to three-times Melbourne winner Mats Wilander.
Michael Joyce once coached Maria Sharapova to the Australian Open title and, 10 years on, he believes he can do the same for Jo Konta.
Find out who Jo Konta, Venus Williams, Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and the rest face in the women's singles first round of Australia Open 2018.