Angelique Kerber thrashes Maria Sharapova at Australian Open

Heating up: Sharapova vs Kerber in 3rd round; Muguruza out

So the 35 degree Celsius (95F) heat may have quickly forced a rethink as Sharapova burst out of the blocks in a hail of winners to roar through the first set in 23 minutes.

Australia's hope of seeing a homegrown Grand Slam champion now rests exclusively on the temperamental shoulders of Nick Kyrgios after women's contender Ashleigh Barty was sent packing by Naomi Osaka.

Sharapova improved as the match progressed but Kerber was clinical when break-point opportunities came her way, with both chances being taken in the second to wrap up victory in just 64 minutes. As I said, this is a process.

"She has played very well in the last two games here".

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American "lucky loser" Bernarda Pera stunned Konta 6-4 7-5 to continue her dream run after only gaining a last-minute entry to the main draw for the first time following the withdrawal of Russian Margarita Gasparyan.

The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final a year ago to Sloane Stephens, saved three break points serving for the match, finally clinching it on her first match point when Bogdan netted a backhand.

When a backhand return victor brought up a break point and a trademark yell of "C'mon!" from Sharapova, you thought she might be on the point of turning the match on its head. "I've always wanted to play against an Australian player, because on TV it always seems really cool". "We both played in the past a lot of good matches. I'm nearly dead", Halep said of the match which equaled Chanda Rubin's win over Arantxa Shanchez Vicario in 1996 - also 48 games - for the Australian Open record in terms of most games. I'm just trying to enjoy every moment right now.

Chung advanced when Mischa retired with a viral illness while trailing 6-2, 4-1.

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Six-time Australian champion Novak Djokovic, coming off an elbow injury layoff, plays Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Kerber referred to it as "another tough match". I didn't return well.

Federer entered the Australian Open previous year under similar circumstances, coming off an extended break for a knee injury, and went on to win the title. Poland's 26th seed progressed with a 2-6 7-5 6-3 win over Belarusian Lesia Tsurenko. "Don't know if (winning) is going to happen this year, but so far, so good".

Dark horse David Goffin's Australian Open hopes went up in smoke as he fell to a 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 7- 6 (7-4) to French veteran Julien Benneteau while Juan Martin del Potro fired 60 winners on his way to a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (0-7) 6-4 victory over young Russian Karen Khachanov.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova is also in action, against Lucie Safarova, while eighth seed Caroline Garcia meets unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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Another loss at a major had the highly-touted Zverev admitting he may have a problem.

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