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Ross Houston
January 20, 2018

Angelique Kerber's recent revival faces its toughest test in the shape of Maria Sharapova when the only two former Australian Open champions in the women's draw clash in round three on Saturday. She celebrated by twirling, waving and blowing kisses to the crowd.

"I felt like I have got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally past year with. there was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely", she said.

"It makes it easier when the courts are playing quick because if you're lacking a little bit of confidence ... he doesn't have too be so eager to get on to the ball to add body weight, literally, so I think the courts really suit him there".

"She's had success playing out here in these conditions on these courts". "I cherish these moments, I love it".

Sharapova claimed a 6-1 7-6 victory over No 14 seed Anastasija Sevastova, the Latvian who had cut short her Grand Slam comeback at last year's US Open. Kerber, however, is coming off of a title win at the Sydney International.

Sharapova's first set against Sevastova was particularly impressive, including 12 winners and losing just nine points.

She broke through to win the Tianjin Open in October - her first title since 2015 - and enjoyed a run to the semifinal in Shenzhen to start the year.

Former world No 1 Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open victor, continued her resurgent run with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Anna-Lena Friedsam to extend her streak to 10 consecutive wins. She will have held the top ranking for 16 weeks by the time the tournament ends at Melbourne Park. "Becoming a parent for the second time is a blessing, so I had my hands full". Kerber is a much better player right now and has been the more consistent player even in this tournament.

American Madison Keys also reached the upcoming round after getting rid of Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0, 6-1 in just 41 minutes. First serve was kind of up and down. "To be that far already, its more than what we could have expected".

On the men's side, No. 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the USA with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez. Serving for the match, Dominic opened with a forehand victor but made a subsequent forehand error. Two other US contenders, No. 8 Jack Sock and No. 16 John Isner, were out on opening day.

No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut and No. 22 Milos Raonic, a former Wimbledon finalist, were beaten. The biggest upsets of the day were Roberto Bautista Agut's loss to Fernando Verdasco for the men and Petra Kvitova's loss to Andrea Petkovic.

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