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2018 Australian Open: Maria Sharapova's Victory Dreams Shattered By Angelique Kerber's Power Knock

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| January 20 , 2018 , 18:17 IST

Maria Sharapova's dreams of claiming the 2018 Australian Open were shattered German 21st seed Angelique Kerber defeated her the former champion by 6-1, 6-3 within 64 minutes on Saturday. The third-round match became a sight to see when the two champions clashed at the Rod Laver Arena.

Throughout the game, the Russian star was struggling from the outset which the 2016 Australian Open champion used to her advantage and aggressively threw strokes at her opponent. Kerber was able to set the tone in the first 29 minutes and later went with the flow while racing the through six straight games.

However, during her week strokes, Sharapova was quick to follow up but not enough to beat the former World number one. Both the players were trying their best to beat the other but it was Kerber who rose to the occasion and claimed the match.

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Kerber fell from her number one spot last year and is leaving no stone unturned to regain her lost position. Post the eye-popping match, she said, " I came out and I was trying to enjoy every point... I was really trying to play my game. I was really happy we have 2018 and not 2017."

Praising her counterpart, she said, "Maria's a champion, she played so good the last few weeks." Kerber will now play in the fourth round with either Agnieszka Radwanska or Hsieh Su-wei.

Sharapova made her tournament comeback after serving a 15-month doping ban after a positive test for a banned substance here in 2016. "Today was not enough," Maria admitted after the match. "I think she (Kerber) played extremely well," added Sharapova. 

The world number 48 might have lost the match despite her aggressive approach, she is willing to learn from the experience. "There's a lot of things I need to improve on," said Sharapova, adding, "This is a process. It's a lot of things that take time."