Tennis: Sharapova advances to Australian Open quarters

AP, Monday 23 Jan 2012

Maria Sharapova is back into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time since she won the title at Melbourne Park in 2008

Maria Sharapova of Russia (Photo: Reuters)

The No. 4-ranked Sharapova had a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 14 Sabine Lisicki at Rod Laver Arena on Monday night and will meet fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the next stage.

No. 56-ranked Makarova staged the biggest upset of the Open so far when she beat five-time champion Serena Williams in straight sets earlier Monday to reach the quarterfinals of a major for the first time.

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