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Sharapova rolls past Sevastova at the Australian Open

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Former champion Maria Sharapova is through to the third round at the Australian Open after taking down No.14 seed Latvia's tennis player Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets.

The Russian played a nearly flawless first set before Sevastova made things complicated in the second, but Sharapova prevailed 6-1, 7-6(2) after an hour and 23 minutes.

“She never really lets up,” Sharapova praised her opponent during her post-match press conference. She gets a lot of balls back. That's something that I had trouble with in the previous matches that I played against her.

“I was really happy with how aggressive I was. I was consistent but I was looking to come forward. I played really well at the net, finished the balls off with a swing volley or good volley. Something I've been working on, and definitely improved in the match today.

“A little dicey in the second set, to say the least, but I got through it. I did the job in two, and that's not something I did towards the end of last year. I think that's an improvement.”

The pair came into the matchup after splitting their previous two matches in 2017 - the Latvian stunned Sharapova in the fourth round of last year's US Open, battling back from a set down to advance 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, before Sharapova got her revenge in an even closer encounter in Beijing, winning 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(7:4).




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