Sharapova will need a better performance to make it through to the second week.

Maria Sharapova was not at her best but still managed to book her place in round three of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The 2008 winner posted a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory over France’s Virginie Razzano on the Hisense Arena at Melbourne Park. But it was a far from fluent display from the Russian, whose serve looked out of sorts. She managed to get just 52 per cent of his first serves in and had to face a total of 16 break points. However, Razzano was only able to convert on five of them, while the Frenchwoman’s only delivery left a lot to be desired.

Unseeded Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has put an end to Jelena Dokic’s Australian Open 2011 campaign after beating the Australian 7-6(3), 6-1 at Rod Laver Arena tonight. After a thrilling first set, the Aussie hopeful’s game slipped dramatically in the second as she struggled to stay in the match. “The first set was crucial. I think I had some chances. I should have played the tiebreak a bit better. She got better from there on. It was tough from there on to turn the match around.” The match started as the crowd was still pouring into Rod Laver Arena. Both the Czech and the Aussie were playing a varied game from the beginning, hitting from the baseline and attacking the net. While the 2009 Australian Open quarterfinalist had a home court advantage, Zahlavova Strycova says she wasn’t feeling too confident. “I was nervous at the beginning because it’s a big court and I’m not used to play on such a big court. And she was playing great at the first set. I felt like I was running all over the court. ”

Meanwhile, eighth seed Victoria Azarenka looked good as she won 6-4 6-4 against Andrea Hlavackova.


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