Australian Open: Still No Sweat for Sharapova

Updated: January 22, 2013

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci beat the Williams sisters in a three-set quarterfinal match. 

It took a little longer this time—66 minutes—but the result was the same. Maria Sharapova overwhelmed 19th Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2 6-2, extending her record streak of fewest games dropped in a modern Grand Slam. Makarova actually broke Sharapova’s serve for the first time in Melbourne, but it didn’t matter. Sharapova breezed through, and will face Li Na in the semis on Thursday. Na won an ugly, hard-fought quarterfinal with Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5 6-3 in which the players combined for 61 unforced errors. It was Radwanska’s first loss in 2013 after opening the season winning two prep events. In one of the most compelling doubles matches of the early season, top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci beat Serena and Venus Williams 3-6 7-6 7-5 in a quarterfinal tilt that took almost three hours. Errani and Vinci broke Serena and then Venus late in the third to allow Errani a chance to serve out the match. Errani and Vinci lost in the Australian Open doubles final last year to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva, but would go on to win the French and U.S. Open titles.

Melbourne, Australia
January 14-27, 2013
$13,712,772/Grand Slam

Results – Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Singles – Quarterfinals
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (19) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 62
(6) Li Na (CHN) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 75 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Williams/Williams (USA/USA) 36 76(1) 75
Lepchenko/Zheng (USA/CHN) d. (7) Llagostera Vives/Zheng (ESP/CHN) 63 57 75
(WC) Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) d. Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) 62 63


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