Maria Sharapova pumped even as Samantha Stosur flops

Elsewhere, fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska built on her sizzling start to the season to progress along with Chinese star Li Na and fifth seed Angelique Kerber.

updated: January 16, 2013 14:39 IST
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Melbourne: A dominant Maria Sharapova routed another hapless opponent Wednesday as ninth seed Samantha Stosur flopped out of the Australian Open, amid increasing speculation about Serena Williams' fitness.

The world number two Russian handed a tennis lesson to young Japanese Misaki Doi in a one-sided 6-0, 6-0 rout to book a potential third clash with seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams.

Sharapova also thrashed her first round challenger 6-0, 6-0 to become the first woman since Wendy Turnbull at the Australian Open in 1985 to bag two double bagel Grand Slam wins in a row.

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