Heating up: Sharapova vs Kerber in 3rd round; Muguruza out

Bernarda Pera a lucky loser in the qualifying tourney won her first-round match in Melbourne Australia

The Russian was smoked 6-1, 6-3 by an in-form No. 21 seed and fellow former No. 1 Angie Kerber.

The only game 2008 Aussie Open champion Sharapova won came after she had saved another break point with a dead netcord.

The German endured a nightmare 2017 after winning the Australian Open and US Open titles in 2016 and climbing to world number one but is unbeaten so far this year after winning the warm-up event in Sydney.

The win was a relief for Djokovic, who says he's still not 100 percent after six months off the tour with an injured right elbow and who lost in a second-round shocker here past year.

"Everybody who knows me know that I never give up".

Sharapova could not gain any momentum during the match between spraying errors and hitting doubles faults at key points.

"I did my job in two sets against someone that's been troubling in the past for me", Sharapova said.

"I have some figuring out to do, what happens to me in deciding moments in Grand Slam", he said. It's a lot of things that take time.

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"So, third round of the Australian Open, I don't know, I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory". "Today was not enough".

Kerber is to play either Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei or Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the quarter-finals.

As for Kerber, she moves into the fourth round of play at Melbourne Park. "This is wonderful for me to be back in the fourth round after 10 years". That was over very quickly but Monfils roused himself in the fourth before Djokovic finally clinched victory on his fourth match point.

Women's Third Round: No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki beat Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-3; No. 4 Elina Svitolina beat Marta Kostyuk 6-2, 6-2; No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova beat Kateryna Bondarenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-1; No. 32 Anett Kontaveit beat No. 7 Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

Davis lost a toenail during the almost-four-hour loss to Halep that left both players gassed. Federer and Djokovic could meet in the semifinals, although Djokovic could have a tough fourth-round match - fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev. "We both played in the past a lot of good matches". "So as incredible as that run was, the combination of being exhausted from that and having a wrist that still wasn't 100 percent ideal, I just needed to kind of shut it down, calm down, and then I was really excited to start the new season".

"I really enjoyed being back in Australia", said Kerber.

"It feels awesome. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I'm in, so I was obviously excited", Pera said.

Halep will next play Naomi Osaka, who beat 18th-seeded Ash Barty 6-4, 6-2. It looked a curious decision then from the British No 1, and is looking an even more curious one after the last few days.

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