Angelique Kerber dumps Maria Sharapova out of the Australian Open

Wozniacki battles back from the brink

Kerber will face either 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska or Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan in the next round.

Zverev, fancied as an outsider for glory in Melbourne, was frustrated by a lack of light as he was sent packing by NextGen Finals champion Chung in five sets.

He had won the first and third set but when he found himself struggling in the fourth, Zverev turned on the umpire to vent his frustrations.

Martic prevailed 6-3 3-6 7-5 in her third-round match on Rod Laver Arena where court temperatures soared during the hottest part of the day. No. 29 seed Richard Gasquet rolled over Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, and Maximilian Marterer beat Fernando Verdasco in a thriller five-setter 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.

Her ankle has been heavily strapped, which could impact her chances.

"I may have thrived in those conditions", he said. The reigning Australia Open victor swept aside Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 in their last-64 clash.

It was great for me to actually get into that long exchanges and rallies, to get some rhythm on the court after the Gael Monfils match, which was really up and down, odd conditions of play.

While the official air temperature hovered around 40 degrees, heat from the stands made life even tougher on court for some of the game's stars, including Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro and Gael Monfils, who all questioned why they were made to play on in the scorching heat. "It was brutal for the first hour and a half", said the Serb.


"Its a huge deal for me, and something that if I dont ever get another accomplishment, I can at least hang my hat on this one", Sandgren said.

In contrast, US Open finalist Madison Keys was in fine touch as she benefits from the guidance of former great Lindsay Davenport.

"So third round of the Australian Open, I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory". Her birthday gift? A blockbuster clash with 2008 victor Maria Sharapova in the next round. At 13-13 when I took the game, I said it's my lucky number.

"I love being in the city".

Speaking later, Monfils told reporters that while he believes playing in the heat is not unfair in that it impacts all players equally, he thinks there should be more time allowed between points for players to recover.

"I was watching this tournament with a box of Kleenex next to me sick".

"There's not the same increases any more so the players must rally and get together again and put in the effort and the tournaments know that and will only react when we do so so we're ready to do it. It's a lot of things that take time".

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