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Sharapova rolls into quarterfinals at Aussie Open

11:58 PM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
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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 double faults.

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.

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