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Former British number one and specialist in Eurosport UK tennis Annabel Croft she said and I agree with every word.
"It was a huge victory for Maria Sharapova and deservedly deserved. She was the best player today, particularly in the last stages of that final set – she had more firepower, more weaponry. She was braver, the second serves were excellent and she took more risks. The fact that she was able to push Wozniacki just behind the baseline at those second serves said it all. Maria went after and it was worth it today.
"That really was a cracker of a game. In many ways, the ball striking between the two between Konta and Muguruza was even more hypnotizing, while it had dives and flows. I found it interesting to hear Sharapova say that she did not have much opportunity to play with the best players in the last 2 or 3 years, but that she was trained by her and it was rewarding to do the work at the last point. today. Maria had to work hard for this win today, but I thought she was the best player. "
This is a result that has important ramifications for WTA Rankings. Wozniacki left Melbourne last year as the number one in the world, and started this tournament in third place, but falling so early this time will make her slide to ninth when the next ranking is published.
Sharapova sought victory in the first set and probably would have won more convincingly if he had managed to contain his enthusiasm at the start of a series of rallies reduced by unnecessary mistakes. His power play – especially in his forehand – was incredible, and even Wozniacki's famous defensive feat was no match for the two and a half hours.
Ufa! That was exciting. Wozniacki becomes the biggest seed in any single draw to come out of this Australian Open.
Then Sharapova, the Australian Ash Barty.
Sharapova in court with Brett Philips:
I knew I was going to get a difficult match. I did not play many games last year, so it was very gratifying to win this last point.
The experience is invaluable but you still have to work for it because the girl on the other side has both.
Game, play game Sharapova! 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Third set: *Sharapova 5-3, 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki (* denotes server) Wozniacki serving to stay in the championship, but Sharapova is now on the march, hammering ball behind ball in the Dane, some winners, some provoking mistakes. At 30 to 40, Sharapova makes his first match point, but Wozniacki remains calm in an 18-round rally. More Sharapova's brute force on the duke creates a second match point, and this time she sees him at home, attacking another poor second serve before hitting until the dam leaves. Impressive hitting, huge result, superb match.
Third set: *Sharapova 5-3, 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki (* denotes server) Vintage Sharapova, consolidating the break with a hug of love. The power came to 11 from the Russian on the back of the court. A game to upset the champion.
It is worth remembering Sharapova's 30 sowing this AO, Serena 16, Muguruza 18, while Venus and Azarenka were both unseeded. Women's draw is wild now.
Third set: Sharapova 4-3, 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki * (* denotes server) Bosh! Wozniacki's early vim evaporated, but Sharapova's relentless beating did not. Two fierce returns ride the game to 0-30, then a clean back winner to 15-30 lands two break points. The first is wasted with another unforced error in search of a winner that did not exist before Wozniacki defended the second with some trademark coverage. A 179kph ace in the draw changes Wozniacki's pace, but Sharapova plays his starting point, drilling line after line, working Wozniacki until the error materializes. From the second Duke Sharapova forces a third breaking point and this time it takes! She climbs in a second weak serve, sending Wozniacki away and then spraying the forehand on the open court. Mass moment in this battle.
Third set: *Sharapova 3-3, 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki (* denotes server) Sharapova has created so many beautiful points without finding the winner and the opening point of this game is a good example, pulling Wozniacki to one side and then to the other, but making a knockout on the net with the court open at his mercy. She wins the next two points with more controlled aggression, but a double fault and another unnecessarily long forehand send the game to the draw. Wozniacki can not capitalize, and this decisive set remains in service.
Third set: Sharapova 2-3, 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki * (* denotes server) Four unforced errors followed by Sharapova give Wozniacki some breathing room while the match lasts for two hours. The unforced error now counts 40-19 in favor of Wozniacki.
Third set: *Sharapova 2-2, 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki (* denotes server) Sharapova equals Wozniacki's confidence with his own. Maybe also a drop in Wozniacki intensity after his aggressive start on set.
Grigor Dimitrov now it's two sets on Thomas Fabbiano and on his way to the fourth round, you'd think. Seeded 20, the hard court specialist is a dangerous sleeper.
Third set: Sharapova 1-2, 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki * (* denotes server) Another confidence for Wozniacki, who maintains his intention to attack in this final set.
Third set: *Sharapova 1-1, 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki (* denotes server) Wozniacki must have given herself a conversation between the series because she came out throwing this decision. From nowhere she is setting the pace in attack and pushing each ball into defense. Sharapova has to fight hard for 30-30 despite landing four first serves before Wozniacki gets her off the hook with a couple of cheap points to concede the game and induce a huge roar from her opponent. This is getting to the point of boiling very well.
Third set: Sharapova 0-1, 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki * (* denotes server) Woah! The most assertive and clinical game of Wozniacki's departure. For the first time today, she looked at the aggressor, serving powerfully, seeking to open the field and attack the winners at every point, navigating for increased confidence. What did Sharapova get in return?
Slight delay for the third set while Sharapova takes a break from comfort.
Here we go, a set shootout for the right to take on Ash Barty in the fourth round.
Wozniacki levels, leading the second set 6-4
Second set: *Sharapova 4-6, 6-4 Wozniacki (* denotes server) Serving to stay on set Sharapova slides to 15-30 but excellent wide service to the Wozniacki backhand raises the score. A double fault gives Wozniacki a set point that the Danish accepts simply by keeping the ball in play and waiting for Sharapova to make a mistake, which she does, overcoming for the umpteenth time the attempt to accelerate a direct rally. Huge moment in this contest and an outlet for the third seed.
Second set: Sharapova 4-5, 6-4 Wozniacki * (* denotes server) It's not just using too much energy that Sharapova is keeping Wozniacki alive. At 0-15, she wastes a golden opportunity, with an unnecessary drop in the net, after establishing the beautifully shaped point from the baseline. At 30-30 Sharapova commits another unforced error, allowing Wozniacki to play a vital role.
A reminder of this is the third round! The quality and intensity of this contest is worthy of a much larger stage.
Second set: *Sharapova 4-4, 6-4 Wozniacki (* denotes server) Sharapova's unforced errors are actually keeping Wozniacki in this game. Time after time she throws off promising situations with loose racket swings with little need to shorten the stitches. Such sloppiness leads to 30-30 in a service game that she seems to be dominating, at the point where Wozniacki unloads from the baseline to hammer a backhand up the line to force a breaking point. Under pressure, Sharapova raises the ante by taking the fastest serve of the game (183kph) to guide her back to safety.
Second set: Sharapova 3-4, 6-4 Wozniacki * (* denotes server) Two straight sets, now that Wozniacki has seen a premature break, Sharapova once again puts his serve under pressure, firing deep and low returns to lead to 30-30. Sharapova then hands Wozniacki the game with two low hits in low percentages, where safer options were on offer. 25 winners, 26 unforced errors for Sharapova tell the story of this match so far.
Second set: *Sharapova 3-3, 6-4 Wozniacki (* denotes server) Sharapova backs up that breaks with a squeeze. Again her forehand monster is in the foreground but she turns from 15-0 to 30-0 with a right backhand backhand that finds the tightest of angles and then makes a backhand stinger on the line to seal the game. Moment, again, all with the Russian.
Second set: Sharapova 2-3, 6-4 Wozniacki * (* denotes server) Sharapova is not leaving anything in the locker room, breaking anything in his bow with brute force. Inevitably, there are winners and errors, a couple of each 30-30 setup without Wozniacki contributing greatly to the game. The Dane eventually presents, but it is to overhit a forehand crosscourt to grant a breaking point. Sharapova then monsters a second serve back to create an easy spot. You get the feeling that if Sharapova can channel your power play, this game is hers for the take.