Sharapova sizzles Down Under
January 22, 2013 16:02:50 UK
Maria Sharapova brushed aside Ekaterina Makarova in the 2013 Australian Open quarter-finals to set a record for the fewest games lost in reaching the semi-finals.
A 6-2 6-2 victory in just 66 minutes - in which she broke her fellow Russian's serve five times and hit 22 winners - means second seed Sharapova will face China's Li Na in the last four at Melbourne Park.
The Russian set a new Open record for the least number of games lost in the first four rounds of the championship - five - and will now be hoping to go one better than last year when she lost to Victoria Azarenka.
Having conceded a total of just nine games in five matches, it beats the previous record of 12 set by Monica Seles in 1991.
"Today was a matter of being focused because she's been playing great and this is her second grand slam quarter-final and I know she was excited to play me," said the 2008 tournament winner.
Li on Tuesday ended the winning streak of Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the last four when she won 7-5 6-3.
Sharapova is 1.22 to win the match at Melbourne Park, with Li quoted 4.33.
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