Sharapova untroubled by Venus Williams in third-round rout

by: AP January 17, 2013

Get Adobe Flash player

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova defeated Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 in a lopsided match-up between Grand Slam champions on Friday night to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Sharapova and Williams have 11 majors combined -- four for the Russian, and seven for Williams.

The 32-year-old Williams broke Sharapova as the Russian was serving for the victory at 6-1, 5-1 to keep the match alive. But Sharapova was able to close it out on her next service game.

Williams has only advanced past the third round once in the past two years -- at Wimbledon in 2011.

Sharapova lost the 2012 Australian Open final before going on to win at the French Open.

More Stories

When she's not running her city, Polly Sierer is chasing tennis balls

Sierer hosts a Tennis With the Mayor program each month. 

Boris Becker: Novak Djokovic will shake second-half slump

The coach expects a more-focused approach from the current world No. 2.

Thanasi Kokkinakis' return date uncertain, says Lleyton Hewitt

The young Australian is currently unranked after battling injuries the past year.