Sharapova wins in 3 sets to advance in Aussie Open
(Associated Press) - January 21, 2016 - 10:11pm

MELBOURNE, Australia — Maria Sharapova steadied herself and overcame a feisty opponent to beat American Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-0 to reach the fourth round.

The five-time Grand Slam winner raced through the first set Friday in just 26 minutes, then struggled through a 77-minute second set before coming back in the third to earn her 600th career win.

Sharapova served 16 aces but made 42 unforced errors, compared to just 34 by her 103rd-ranked opponent.

The No. 5-seeded Sharapova faces Swiss teen Belinda Bencic in the next round and could meet top-ranked rival Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

Sharapova hasn't beaten Williams since 2004, losing their last 17 meetings, including last year's Australian Open final.

AMERICAN LAUREN DAVIS AUSTRALIAN OPEN BELINDA BENCIC GRAND SLAM LAST MARIA SHARAPOVA OPPONENT RANKED ROUND SERENA WILLIAMS SHARAPOVA
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