Russia's Maria Sharapova signs autographs after winning her third round match against Lauren Davis of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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World number five Maria Sharapova battled past petite Lauren Davis and into the Australian Open fourth round Friday as she edges closer to another showdown with arch-rival Serena Williams.It went with serve until the fourth game when Davis fired a backhand long to give the Russian her first break point.The steely-eyed Russian was in no mood to give an inch and she served for the set in just 26 minutes.She continued to pressure the Davis serve and got the break she was after in the third game of the second set.Davis finally won the set when Sharapova sent a forehand wide.
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