|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - SHARAPOVA 6-1 6-0 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Sharapova rattles off another forehand winner down the line to seal the match at the first attempt and she is through to the quarter-finals, to face Ekatrina Makarova. The Russian has dropped just five games in her first four rounds in Melbourne which, honestly, in an insane stat.
- - SHARAPOVA 6-1 5-0 - Sharapova continues to overpower Flipkens as she fires down another ace, this one out wide and right into the corner of the service box, to consolidate the double break. The Belgian will have to serve to stay in the match after the change of ends
- - SHARAPOVA 6-1 4-0 - BREAK! Flipkens simply cannot cope with the weight of shot from Sharapova as the Russian sets up two more break points. But it is a moment of brilliance from Sharapova which seals the double break as she moves out to the forehand wing before finding a blistering cross court forehand winner on the angle
- - SHARAPOVA 6-1 3-0 - Sharapova holds to 15 when Flipkens fails to return another first serve from the Russian. That cements the early break in this second set for Sharapova and surely this match is now beyond reach for Flipkens, the world number two is looking very comfortable indeed
- - SHARAPOVA 6-1 2-0 - BREAK! Sharapova races into the net while riffling a forehand winner down the line on her way to bringing up two more break points. But in the end she is gifted the break when Flipkens slaps down a third double fault
- - SHARAPOVA 6-1 1-0 - Sharapova drops just the one point in holding to open the second set, her serve still proving too much for Flipkens (when she gets it in) as she sends a forehand return of serve long of the baseline
- - SHARAPOVA 6-1 - SET! Concerningly for everyone left in the draw, Sharapova is still getting the job done with the minimum of fuss despite her not timing the ball nearly as well as in the previous three rounds. She earns herself a first set point with a forehand winner but Flipkens does well to save it with a forehand winner of her own. But eventually Sharapova gets a second chance and this time she gets it, Flipkens sending a forehand just long (challenged unsuccessfully by the Belgian)
- - SHARAPOVA 5-1 - A much more comfortable service hold this time from Sharapova, despite another double fault. But the Russian quickly follows it up with a second serve ace before going on to hold with another unreturnable serve. Flipkens will now have to serve to stay in this opening set
- - SHARAPOVA 4-1 - BREAK! After that tough service game, Sharapova earns herself another break point by leaping all over the second serve of Flipkens and dismissively riffling a forehand return of serve down the line for a winner. And, while Flipkens couldn't convert any of her three break points, Sharapova is two from two as she draws the Belgian into the net and puts over a dipping forehand that Belgian can only volley into the net
- - SHARAPOVA 3-1 - Things are definitely not flowing as well for Sharapova today as they were in the first three rounds, as she slaps down two double faults in the game to hand Flipkens an immediate break back point. The Russian saves it with a big first serve and even bigger forehand winner down the line but is forced to save a second, which she does with an unreturnable serve. But eventually, after nearly 12 minutes, Sharapova does hold with a big cross court forehand. Phew, that was pretty epic!
- - SHARAPOVA 2-1 - BREAK! Sharapova gets a little help from Flipkens, the Belgian sending down a double fault, as she earns herself two early break points. And sure enough only one is needed by the world number two as she keeps Flipkens pinned deep behind the baseline before finding a forehand winner to seal the break
- - SHARAPOVA 1-1 - It's not exactly a quick game as Sharapova takes a decent length of time between every point but she holds for the loss of just the one point with a second serve ace
- - SHARAPOVA 0-1 - A solid service hold from Flipkens to open this clash. She is forced to hold from deuce as Sharapova also comes out firing but credit to the Belgian is still prevents the Russian from earning herself a break point and instead holds to get off to a positive start
- - Flipkens is in the best form of her career - having won her first career title last year - but unfortunately for her, Maria Sharapova is in absolutely stunning form so far this week. She did not drop a game in her first two rounds and then, even more impressively, dimissed Venus Williams 6-1 6-4 in the third round.
- - Next up on the Rod Laver Arena will be world number two Maria Sharapova taking on Belgium's Kirstean Flipkens
|Date of Birth||10/01/1986|
|Date of Birth||19/04/1987|