Australian Open: Novak Djokovic makes triumphant return from injury
18 January, 2018, 13:53 | Author: Nora May
Former champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber will meet in a mouth-watering Australian Open third-round clash after hanging tough to record convincing wins in brutal conditions on Thursday.
She celebrated by twirling, waving and blowing kisses to the crowd. "I've got shivers", Sharapova said of playing again at Melbourne Park.
A 15-month doping ban after testing positive for meldonium - dating back to the 2016 Australian Open - forced the five-time major victor to skip last year's tournament.
Sydney-born Konta, a quarter-finalist past year, was no match for American, who is only in the main draw after a player pulled out before the Grand Slam began, as she fell 6-4, 7-5.
MariaSharapova ticked off more items on her "to-do" list at the Australian Open, returning to center court and accounting for the only person who has beaten her at a Grand Slam since her comeback from a doping ban.
She took just over half an hour to win the first set against the German and, despite facing more resistence in the second set, eased past her opponent.
Sharapova could next play 14th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who beat the Russian at last year's U.S. Open.
Her opponent was actually one place higher on the WTA rankings and the same age as Sharapova, but there was a vast difference in pedigree with the German never having gone beyond the third round in 22 previous grand slams.
"Obviously I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have", Djokovic said.
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"I love playing here".
Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva earned a hard-fought 7-5 7-6 (6) victory over Heather Watson, meaning Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund are the only British hopes left to claim the Melbourne Park title.
Things were much less comfortable for world number one Simona Halep against 17-year-old Australian wild card Destanee Aiava.
Tennis is beginning to feel like business as usual again for MariaSharapova.
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