Russia's Maria Sharapova hits a return during their women's singles third round match against Germany's Angelique Kerber on day six of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2018. AFP / Paul Crock
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Sharapova only returned to the top 50 two weeks ago and Kerber to the top 20 last week after being on top of the rankings as defending champion in Melbourne a year ago.Sharapova reached the semi-finals in Shenzhen to start the year but Kerber's form has been outstanding heading into the year's first major.Sharapova's form may have been patchy since her comeback but her fighting qualities have never been in doubt.Almost down and out, she broke Kerber for the first time and held to get back on serve at 2-2 . Sharapova netted twice to hand the decisive break to Kerber who served out with ease to seal the victory.
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