Australian Open: Angelique Kerber outplays Maria Sharapova to reach R16

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates after victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova in their women's singles third round match. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Jan 20, 2018, 10.12 AM (IST)

Angelique Kerber d Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-3

Angelique Kerber defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets to enter the round of 16.

It was a battle of former champions at the Australian Open.

Angie looked in a hurry and had taken the first set 6-1 in just 30 minutes.

"I was just trying to enjoy every point," said Kerber after snuffing out Sharapova's hopes in only her second Grand Slam tournament back since serving a 15-month doping ban.

“I have so many great memories from this court (Rod Laver Arena) … This court is so special for me and with you guys, it’s even more special,” Angie said after the match.

"I knew before the match it would be a tough one." 

"Everybody who knows me knows that I never give up," she added.

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The 2016 winner from Germany and 21st seed roared past the Russian 2008 champion 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes on Rod Laver Arena on Saturday making 12 wins in a row in 2018.

With this victory, the 2016 champion sends a message to the rest of the tournament.

Kerber will face either 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland or Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei for a place in the quarter-finals.

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