MELBOURNE, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- World No. 2 Maria Sharapova continued her strong run at the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Kirsten Flipkens in Sunday's fourth-round play.
Sharapova, the runner-up in Melbourne a year ago, lost the first game of Sunday's match but then won 12 consecutive games in gaining a spot in the quarterfinals. She opened her tournament with back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 wins and beat Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 in the third round.
Sharapova has dropped her serve just once in the tournament and saved all three of the break points she saw against Flipkens. She piled up six breaks of her own in winning 61 percent of the points off Flipkens' serve.
Makarova had three breaks in taking the first set and cashed in her only break opportunity for the only break in the second.
Radwanska had just four unforced errors and saved seven break points in a 6-2, 6-4 win over 13th-seeded Ana Ivanovic. She won 71 percent of the points on serve, firing seven aces without a double fault. Radwanska is 13-0 this year without dropping a set.
Li defeated 18th-seeded Julia Goerges 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 finishing off all five of her break chances. That includes going 3-for-3 in the second set when she won more than two-thirds of the points.
Sharapova draws Makarova in the quarterfinals. She is 4-0 in her career versus Makarova, including a straight-set win in the Australian Open quarterfinals a year ago. Li is 5-4 lifetime versus Radwanska. She's won their last three meetings.
|Additional Sports News Stories|
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., May 17 (UPI) --Ken Venturi, whose 1964 U.S. Open victory was one of the most memorable feats in the history of the golf, died Friday at the age of 82.
WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) --James Taylor will headline a concert at the White House next week, when the Library of Congress honors Carole King with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
HILLIARD, Ohio, May 17 (UPI) --Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who lost both hands to flesh-eating bacteria, has been given bionic prosthetic hands that she says behave like natural hands.