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Double bagel Maria cruises along

Dominant world number two Maria Sharapova raced into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday, handing a tennis lesson to young Japanese Misaki Doi in a one-sided rout.

The Russian, champion in 2008 and runner-up last year, hardly raised a sweat in trouncing the 21-year-old 6-0, 6-0 in just 47 minutes on Hisense Arena to become the first woman since Wendy Turnbull at the Australian Open in 1985 to bag two double bagel Grand Slam wins in a row.

Doi, ranked 97, was always going to struggle and appeared to be overawed by the occasion, having no answers to Sharapova’s power and precision shot-making.

There was little the Japanese, in her first Australian Open, could do but learn a lesson as the Russian bagged the first set in just 23 minutes, and it was more of the same in the 24-minute second.

Novak Djokovic was in the zone with a dazzling demolition of Ryan Harrison as he stormed into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The world number one was in irresistible form, outclassing the young American 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in just 1hr 31min of high-class tennis on Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic going for three straight Australian titles, will next play Czech journeyman Radek Stepanek in the last 32.

Venus Williams disposed of Alize Cornet in straight sets on Wednesday to set up a tantalising third round clash with Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open. She won the match 6-3, 6-3 on centre court in 77 minutes.


Somdev Devvarman gave a mighty scare to world number 26 Jerzy Janowicz before fizzling out at the Australian Open on Wednesday. Somdev was well on course to record his best performance at the Grand Slams but frittered away a two-set lead to go down 7-6(10), 6-3, 1-6, 0-6, 5-7 against 24th seed Polish rival in the men’s singles second round.  Somdev showed he has recovered well from his shoulder surgery, which spoiled his 2012 season, but somehow could not complete the job despite a magnificent start.
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