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January 17, 2013

Williams, Azarenka into third round in Australia

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MELBOURNE, Australia —

 
Others advancing Thursday include: 2008 Australian finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who pretended to do pushups to disguise a fall during his 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over Japan’s Go Soeda; No. 17 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany , who edged Israeli qualifier Amir Weintraub 6-2, 7-6 (4,) 6-4; and Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis ousted No. 25 Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.
 
Novak Djokovic advanced on Wednesday night, extending his winning streak at Melbourne Park to 16 with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over 20-year-old American Ryan Harrison and remaining on track for a third consecutive Australian Open title.
 
No. 4 David Ferrer, No. 5 Tomas Berdych and No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic all went through on day three, along with No. 20 Sam Querrey, the highest-ranked American left in the men’s tournament.
 
Women’s No. 2 Maria Sharapova overwhelmed Japan’s Misaki Doi in 47 minutes, even less time than she needed to beat fellow Russian Olga Puchkova two days earlier in her first competitive match of 2013.
 
The first woman to post back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 wins at a Grand Slam since 1985 next plays seven-time major winner Venus Williams in the third round.
 
“It’s not really the statistic I want to be known for,” Sharapova said. “I want to be known for winning Grand Slams.”
 
Sharapova leads the head-to-head series 4-3 against Venus Williams, but Williams has won both of their Grand Slam meetings.
 
Venus is still on the comeback trail after missing seven months after the 2011 U.S. Open to deal with Sjogren’s Syndrome.
 
Now seeded 25th, she dropped only one game in her first-round win and then went down a break early to Alize Cornet of France before winning 6-3, 6-3.
 
No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, 2011 French Open champion Li Na, No. 5 Angelique Kerber and 17-year-old American wild card Madison Keys all advanced in straight sets.
 
The biggest upset Wednesday was 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur’s 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 loss to China’s Zheng Jie.
 
Stosur led 5-2 in the third and wasted two chances to serve out the match, finally giving it away with a double fault on match point.
 

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