Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova is having one of the best tournaments in recent years as she is enjoying good form at the Australian Open. Most recently she beat Kirsten Flipkens in straight sets sending a message that she's ready to go all the way in Australia.
The 25-year old's tournament started well as she easied through the first two matches without dropping a single game. Her strongest opponent so far, Venus Williams, only managed to take 4 games from her as the match finished in only 79 minutes.
It was expected that Williams would be a challenge for the young Russian but once again she proved everyone wrong.
"I really wanted this victory. I was 5-1 up [in the second set] and made a couple more errors than I would have liked so I was very pleased to have served it out."
"When we both looked at the draw this was the match-up that we were both looking forward to," said Sharapova. "I was really excited to play Venus again. She is a great athlete and no matter where she is ranked she's always a very tough player to play."
After the match against Williams, Sharapova crushed Kirsten Flipkens 6:1, 6:0 to advance to the Quarter Finals where she will be facing fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova who advanced to her second successive Australian Open quarter-final with a 7-5 6-4 win over No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber.