Serena Williams powers past Maria Sharapova into Australian Open semis

Tuesday January 26th, 2016

Catch up on all of the action, news and results from the first day of quarterfinals matches at the 2016 Australian Open on Tuesday that you may have missed while you were sleeping.

Sharapova still can't find solution to Serena problem


When the draw came out before the tournament, everyone wondered if No. 5 Maria Sharapova would land in No. 1 Serena Williams’s quarter due to her rankings drop. It happened, and on Tuesday, so did the projected quarterfinals matchup between the two familiar foes—their 21st career meeting, dating back more than a decade to 2004. The projected result also ensued.

Serena defeated Sharapova 6–4, 6–1 in their quarterfinals match on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, marking the 18th-straight time the American and World No. 1 has prevailed over her Russian rival.

In Melbourne, Serena Williams is perfect against Maria Sharapova
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