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Five time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova made short work of Canadian sensation Eugenie Bouchard in the Quarter-finals of the Australian Open, beating the 20 year old future superstar 6-3 6-2 in just 78 minutes.

Bouchard was well off her game today and never really threatened to stretch Sharapova, committing 30 unforced errors, to hand the match to her Russian opponent without much of a fight.

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World no.1 Serena Williams continued to power forward in her quest for another Australian Open title as she recovered from dropping the first set against talented Spaniard Garbine Muguruza to win in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and advance to the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park.

21 year old Muguruza stunned Serena at the French Open last year, and looked on course for a repeat performance of that feat when she took the opening set in 39 minutes. However, Williams rebounded to take the second set 6-3 thanks to 14 winners as she started to find her range, both on her serve and from the back of the court.

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The poster-girl of women's tennis Maria Sharapova, and the heir apparent to her throne Eugenie Bouchard will collide in the Quarter-finals of the Australian Open next week.

World no.2 Sharapova booked her pre-anointed place in the last 8 with a 6-3, 6-0 hammering of Shuai Peng of China in the fourth round today. Canadian starlet Bouchard looked poised to go one better than Sharapova as she raced into a 6-1, 3-0 lead against Irina-Camelia Begu before a second set collapse forced her match into a decider. Bouchard ultimately regained her composure to prevail 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

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Four time former champion Roger Federer was sent packing from the Australian Open today in the third round, beaten in four sets by Italian Andreas Seppi.

Federer, who struggled past another Italian in Simone Bolelli in the previous round, was nowhere near his best today, and fell to Seppi, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5).

30 year old Seppi had lost to Federer in each of their last 10 meetings, but the world no.46 looked the better player right from the start today as he held his nerve to race to a two sets to love lead.

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Swiss legend Roger Federer recovered from what he said felt like a bee sting and battled back from a set down to beat a challenging opponent in Simone Bolelli to advance to the third round of the Australian Open.

Federer, a 4-time Australian Open champion, asked for a medic shortly after losing the first set, and seemed to be having trouble with one of his fingers. Federer though quickly regained his composure and rattled off a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against the Italian.

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World no.2 Maria Sharapova battled back from match points down to beat fellow Russian Alexandra Panova in the second round of the Australian Open.

Panova, ranked 150 in the world, made her way into the main draw through the qualifying rounds last week, and came perilously close to pulling off the biggest upset of her career.

Sharapova raced through the opening set 6-1, and at that stage it looked like yet another routine outing for the 5-time Grand Slam champion, however, 25 year old Panova pulled off a major surprise, coming back to win the second set 6-4.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic recovered from his recent bout of illness to ease past Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The four time former champion, hasn't played much tennis since the turn of the year, having struggled with illness, and was a slight doubt coming into the tournament, given the oppressive heat in Melbourne, and his past troubles with coping with it, especially when not at 100% physically.

However, Djokovic showed no signs of ring rust as he cruised past 25 year old Slovenian qualifier Bedene in straight sets. Bedene, currently ranked 116 in the world was playing in his second Australian Open, and is yet to make the second round of any Grand Slam.

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