Maria Sharapova of Russia makes a forehand return to Alexandra Panova of Russia during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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Second seed Maria Sharapova flirted with disaster Wednesday as rising stars Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and Romania's Simona Halep strolled into the Australian Open third round.Sharapova 27, entered the tournament in sizzling form talking about seizing the world No. 1 ranking off top seed Serena Williams, who plays her second-round match Thursday.Sharapova faces Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, the world No. 31, in the third round.Bouchard, who is on track to met Sharapova in the quarterfinals, demolished Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-0, 6-3 in the most one-sided display so far this year at Melbourne Park.
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