Maria Sharapova played an amazingly high quality tennis match as she destroyed Venus Williams in the third round of the Australian Open 2013, winning 6-1 6-3.
The Russian dominated in all departments, allowing Venus only one game in the first set. With some stunning returns of serve and excellent footwork, she seemed to be always a step ahead of the American player.
Sharapova stormed to take a 3-0 lead in the second set and earned herself a tripple break point opportunity to go up a double break. However, Venus managed to regroup and after winning the following five points, she gave herself a small chance for a comeback. But as the Russian grabbed hold of the next two games, taking Williams’ serve yet another time, she was serving to wrap up the match. Only then started Venus finding her rhythm a bit more, reducing Sharapova’s lead to 5-3. Unfortunately for the former Wimbledon champion Williams, it was too little too late and Maria booked herself a fourth round clash against Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.