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The second round in the women’s draw of the 2013 BNP Paribas Masters got off to a pretty low key start with most matches having expected results and all but 3 seeds moving into the third round. The biggest surprise of the day came courtesy a resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova who overcame a bagel in the first set to to eventually defeat 18th seed Jelena Jankovic 0-6, 6-2, 7-5.

"I have no pressure this year at all," said the Russian after his win. "Overall, I was thinking that I don't want to have any pressure in my life, that I feel much better without pressure. But I will try to keep things this way. I always think that I come on the court it's going to depend on me and on my game. I was pretty bad in the first set, but I managed to change it. So I'm pretty happy with it. But I have to change the start."

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Defending Champion Victoria Azarenka will clash with 2011 runner-up Li Na of China in the Final of the 2013 Australian Open after both women recorded largely comfortable straight set wins in today's semi-final encounters.

Li Na was up first against the world no.2 and former champion Maria Sharapova, a match in which the Russian diva came in as the overwhelming favourite, having lost just 9 games all tournament. However, Li played arguably the best tennis she has produced in her life, hammering down 21 winners to cruise to an easy 6-2, 6-2 win.

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World no.2 Maria Sharapova continued to carve her way through the bottom half of the women's draw at the Australian Open, storming into the semi-finals with a clinical 6-2, 6-2 win against compatriot Ekaterina Makarova in just 66 minutes.

Sharapova was not at the peak of her powers tonight, serving at just about 66% and making a rather high 19 unforced errors, but still had more than enough about her to cruise past the talented left-hander without much trouble.

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Russian superstar Maria Sharapova was back to her destructive best today at the Australian Open, powering her way into the quarterfinals with an emphatic breadstick and bagel rout of Belgian challenger Kirsten Flipkens. The 4-time Grand Slam winner will next face compatriot Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the last four with the 19th seeded left-hander getting the better of German rising star Angelique Kerber in two tight sets 7-5, 6-4.

Sharapova had a high profile third round contest with Venus Williams, and though she came through the match comfortably enough, maintaining her focus against a "lesser" opponent in Flipkens could have posed a challenge for the Russian diva.

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When the draw was made the for 2013 Australian Open, the one potential third round clash that everyone wanted to see was Maria Sharapova vs Venus Williams. With 11 Grand Slam titles between them the ticket for Friday night's match was always going to be a special one to land, but sadly from the fans' perspective the match was largely a one-sided affair.

World no.2, Sharapova, came into the match without having lost a game all tournament, dishing out consecutive 6-0, 6-0 drubbings in her first two rounds, and looked to be on course for a similar outcome when she raced to an early 4-0 lead, having had to save a break point in her first service game.

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Day 3 of the Australian Open saw two of the true superstars of the modern game throw down the gauntlet for the rest of the field as Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic registered thumping wins to power into the third round.

Relegated to the Hi Sense Arena, Sharapova matched her performance in round 1 to become the first woman in over a quarter of a century to record back to back 6-0, 6-0 wins as she dismissed the challenge of Japanese star Misaki Doi as if she just didn't exist. She will find it hard pressed to become the first ever player to make it three in a row when she takes on 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in round 3. Venus brushed aside the challenge of Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, also in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

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There are few better ways to signal your readiness to compete on Tour than by blanking your hapless opponent. Having skipped the Brisbane International earlier this month citing a collarbone injury, all eyes were on Maria Sharapova today to see what kind of health she was in heading into the Australian Open.

Sharapova made the most of an early start, and the cooler conditions that prevailed to race past an unfortunate compatriot in Olga Puchkova in just 55 minutes, registering his first double bagel win in Australia, 6-0, 6-0.

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