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Sharapova out, Halep wins marathon in Melbourne

21 January 2018

Chung showed another sign of his promise by coolly closing out a five-set win over German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, a player many pundits have widely tipped as a future grand slam victor. "I really do believe that I can; otherwise I wouldn't be here".

The evergreen 36-year-old can now look forward to a last-16 meeting against Marton Fucsovics.

Djokovic said the conditions were some of the toughest he has ever played in, and he had some advice for organizers with temperatures predicted to rise to 108 today.

Kerber, who had a shocking 2017, looked at her best for some time as she polished off Sharapova in 64 minutes.

"Novak is physically extraordinary and he has a recovery ability that is unlike mine, probably just because the nature of how his body is made and how efficient he is. I was just more trying to go out on the special court for me and play good tennis".

Djokovic tweaked his service motion while recovering from an injured right elbow, and used it to good effect in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Donald Young.

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam victor and the 2008 Australian champion, was unstoppable in racing through the first set before a battle in the second.

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Top seed Simona Halep eased fears over her fitness with a brisk 6-2, 6-2 victory over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round.

In a glamour evening tie, Sharapova was no match for Kerber, flopping 6-1, 6-3.

Sharapova was equally impressive in beating 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) on Rod Laver Arena.

She won every point on her serve in the first set, holding at love in three games.

Kerber will face either 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska or Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan in the next round.

"I only had surgery five months ago", said Wawrinka, who still has a visible scar running down his left knee.

The second game began in the same manner where Kerber ran to a 2-0 lead but Sharapova pulled off a brief fightback and broke back Kerber to make it 1-2.

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"People might say at this level you have to be as a professional tennis player fit. but I think there is a limit and there's a level of tolerance between being fit and being in danger in terms of health".

That left only Maria Sharapova, Aneglique Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women's draw.

Although the next set was a "little dicey", as she wobbled when serving for the match at 5-4, Sharapova was glad to beat a hasty retreat from the broiling conditions.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev was another high-profile casualty on day six, beaten in five sets by South Korea's Chung Hyeon to continue his miserable Grand Slam form.

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Sharapova out, Halep wins marathon in Melbourne