Melbourne, Australia (Sports Network) - Maria Sharapova dominated yet
another opponent at Melbourne Park, this time crushing Belgium's Kirsten
Flipkens, 6-1, 6-0, to gain a quarterfinal berth at the Australian Open.
The No. 2 seeded Sharapova, the 2008 champion and two-time Aussie Open runner-
up, has lost just five games over her first four matches at this fortnight.
Her result Sunday set up an all Russian quarterfinal encounter with
Ekaterina Makarova, a rematch from the same stage last year here. Sharapova
won in straight sets in that match before beating Petra Kvitova and then
falling to Victoria Azarenka in the final.
Makarova pushed to the quarterfinals by disposing of fifth-seeded German
Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 6-4. The 19th-seeded Makarova, whose best Grand Slam
result came a year ago at Melbourne Park, overcame 29 unforced errors and five
Also on Sunday, fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska takes her perfect 2013
record into Rod Laver Arena against former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic,
while sixth-seeded Li Na faces Julia Goerges.
The Sports Network