Sharapova gets past Davis
An inconsistent Maria Sharapova eventually overpowered American Lauren Davis to move into the Australian Open fourth round on Friday.
The Russian fifth seed produced a rollercoaster performance on Rod Laver Arena on her way to a 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-0 victory against world number 103 Davis.
Five-time grand slam champion Sharapova, last year's runner-up in Melbourne, showcased her power from the back of the court before encountering problems in the second set, only to recapture her best form in the third.
Initially, her power was far too much for Davis to handle, with Sharapova taking a particular liking to the 22-year-old's second serve.
She dictated from the back of the court early on and broke for a 3-1 lead, and the set was complete in just 26 minutes
The hard-hitting Sharapova lost just nine points in an imperious first-set display, but her level dropped in the second.
Davis came from a break down to take a 4-2 lead, gifted to her with a pair of Sharapova double faults, before the latter rallied.
But Davis proved too steady in the tie-break despite losing a 27-shot rally after failing to put away an easy volley.
However, Sharapova started the third set more like the first, breaking early before rolling to her three-set win.
Sharapova  bt Davis 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-0
Sharapova - 16
Davis - 1
Sharapova - 44/42
Davis - 13/35
BREAK POINTS WON
Sharapova - 7/15
Davis - 2/3
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Sharapova - 62
Davis - 45
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Sharapova - 79/59
Davis - 63/35
Sharapova - 100
Davis - 64