Melbourne - Five-time
Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova upset defending champion Caroline
Wozniacki to reach the Australian Open fourth round on Friday after an epic
The Russian, who is seeded 30 at Melbourne Park, bundled Denmark's
world number three out of the tournament 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to claim her
biggest scalp since returning from a drugs ban in 2017.
Sharapova's win sets up a last 16 clash with in-form Australian hope
Ash Barty for the 31-year-old, who won the tile at Melbourne Park in
2008 and has reached the final a further three times.
"I knew I was going to get a really tough match as she's the
defending champion of this event and it's no secret she loves this
arena," she said after shocking Wozniacki.
"I haven't played many matches in the last year, especially against
top players and these are the ones I train for, so it's really rewarding
There were dramatic momentum shifts in the battle between the two
former world number ones, but the decisive period came when Sharapova
stormed back from 4-1 down to go on a five-game winning streak and take
the first set.
After Wozniacki came back she then broke the Dane late in the third set, screaming "come on" after gaining the advantage.
Sharapova won her last Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2014 and has
struggled to rejoin the game's elite since completing a 15-month ban for
failing a drugs test.
Results from Day 5 of the Australian Open on Friday:
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x14) bt Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x19) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-4
Tomas Berdych (CZE) bt Diego Schwartzman (ARG x18) 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-2, 7-5, 6-2
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x20) bt Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4
Ashleigh Barty (AUS x15) bt Maria Sakkari (GRE) 7-5, 6-1
Amanda Anisimova (USA) bt Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x11) 6-3, 6-2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-0, 6-3
Maria Sharapova (RUS x30) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x3) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Sloane Stephens (USA x5) bt Petra Martic (CRO x31) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5)