Sharapova throws champion Wozniaki; Barty delights Australia and Anisimova, to the US

Sharapova won 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3 to Wozniacki, defending the title; Barty beat Sakkari 7-5 and 6-1 and Anisimova (17) eliminated Sabalenka (11th) by winning 6-3 and 6-2 in 65 '.

Maria Sharapova has been trying for a year and a half to get back to being the one she was, trying to compete face to face with the best ones and until Friday she had not achieved it. Injuries due to inactivity, lack of rhythm and physical background had burdened her But at the Australian Open seems ready to go far and do great things. She has shown it to to win the defending champion and third favorite of the tournament, Caroline Wozniacki. In a tough and competitive match, Sharapova wore the essence of her risk game from the bottom of the track and took the cat to the water: 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3 in 2h: 24.

Maria has never been a player of infinite resources, but well settled on the track, its impacts are very dangerous, because it opens the angles well with the drive and is capable of repeating two natural hits with the same force. So the Russian broke the 11-1 mark of the Danish in Melbourne, with 37 winners, 27 more than his opponent and twice as many errors (46-21), but in this case he was not penalized. Two breaks in the seventh game and the ninth in the third set, gave the triumph to Maria, a triumph for hope. Now she will face the Australian Asleigh Barty, who beat Maria Sakkari.

Barty gives hope to Australia

Asleigh Barty already is the great Australian hope of the female box. This Friday he managed to advance to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career at to win Maria Sakkari 7-5 and 6-1 1h: 22, a result that equals his best performance in a Slam, the fourth Round reached in the US Open of 2018.

Nacida in Ipswich 22 years ago, his progression has been meteoric since 2017, after spending two years retired to devote himself to professionally playing cricket. He climbed 255 places in the world ranking and now has already won three titles and is the 15th in the world. In the beginning, she stood out as a doubling player and is still one of the best (7th), in fact, last year she won the US Open with Coco Vandeweghe as a couple. Ant Sakkari dominated with 24 winning shots (13 of them direct serve) and 77% of points won with first services. The Greek Sakkari disturbed her only in the first set and ended up losing her service four times.

Anisimova, the most Young, throw to Sabalenka

Amanda Anisimova has given the first big surprise of the fifth of the tournament to eliminated the 11th favorite, Aryna Sabalenka, with astonishing ease, in two sets (6-3 and 6-2) and 65 minutes. The 17-year-old American had not yet passed the first round of a Grand Slam and is already in the Australian's eighth. With a curious self-confidence and a tremendous hitting power, she overcame the usual aggressiveness of the Russian and in the same field was better. Anisimova was the youngest player in the US to enter the top-100 and points high. Of Russian parents, but born on American soil, Amanda is the paradigna of the new women's tennis. Ante Sabalenka added 21 winning shots and only nine unforced errors, with 80% of points won with first services. She will face now the Czech Petra Kvitova, who overtook Swiss Belinda Bencic by 6-1 and 6-4 in a game where she deployed her best tennis up to 32 winning shots.

Otra American, Sloane Stephens, also He sealed his passage to the round of 16 after beating the Croatian Petra Martic in a match whose two sets went to tie-break and in which Stephens was more effective in the decisive moments (7-6 (6) and 7-). 6 (5).) In the next phase Stephens will face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat the Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich without too much trouble.

Next to the eliminations of Sabalenka and Wozniacki, the other great surprise was the defeat of Caroline Garcia, nineteenth favorite, who fell to American Danielle Collins 6-3 and 6-2 in just one hour of play. Collins, who scored 26 winning shots, will be measured in the second round against the German Angelique Kerber, second favorite to the title, which celebrated its thirty-first birthday with a convincing victory against the Australian Kimberly Birrell by 6-1 and 6-0.

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